Sport in Society in the New York Times

February 11, 2014

In a special article for the New York Times Education Life section, Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention program has been featured for their curriculum and successful work on sexual assault prevention.

Bystander intervention is so easy to grasp, even by the most inexperienced college freshman, that the program may well be the best hope for reducing sexual assaults on campuses. Mostly it is common sense: If a drunk young man at a party is pawing a drunk young woman, then someone nearby (the bystander) needs to step in (intervene) and get one of them out of there. Of course, that can be tricky at times.

Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, which pioneered bystander training 20 years ago, has seen a marked uptick in demand. As Jarrod Chin, its director of training, says, “There is nothing like the threat of losing money to get people’s attention.”

Read the full article online at the New York Times: click to read Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault by Mike Wineripe.