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Step 2: Choose

Mavericks care about our community and choose to respond.

Barriers to intervention:

While there are many factors as to why people may choose not to intervene, including but not limited to: time, location, biases, age, gender, culture, religion, race/ethnicity, group size, past experiences, safety concerns, and fear, we may sometimes also experience internal dialogues that may prevent us from choosing to take action.

  • “Someone else will do something.”

  • “It’s not my business.”

  • “I am afraid of what can happen to me if intervene.”

  • “What if I am wrong?”

  • “My friend will be mad at me.”

  • “No-one else thinks it’s a problem so it’s not a big deal.”

Motivation for intervention:

While it may be helpful to either recognize the situation as a problem, have been asked for help, or have witnessed others intervene, some internal dialogue that may motivate us to choose to take action is listed below:

  • “I would want someone to help me or my loved one if I was in that situation.”

  • “This is wrong and I need to do something about this.”

  • “I am afraid of what will happen if I don’t do anything.”

  • “I’ll feel better knowing I did something.”

  • “I care about this person, and/ or my community.”

Examples of Choosing:

  • R: My friend has been missing class lately and posted “I wish I wouldn’t wake up” as a status, I wonder if something is wrong?

    • C: I am afraid of what could happen if I don’t reach out, I think I will.
    • R: She really is not that interested, but she starts to leave with him anyway. What should I do?
      • C:  I care about her and she shouldn’t have to do any she doesn’t want to do, I will do something about this.
      • R: He told her to stop and she continued anyway. How can I help?
        • C: This is wrong and I need to do something about this. I have to say or do something
        • R: My friend told me that she really wasn’t ready but he continued anyway. I think she was sexually assaulted what can I do?
          • C: I’ll feel better knowing I did something.
          • R:  He looks like he had too much to drink, should I get him some water?
            • C:  I would want someone to help me if I was in that situation.
            • R:  This party looks like it’s getting out of control, I wonder if anybody else feels this way?
              • C: I care about my friends and I don’t want them to get in trouble.
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