Michelle Chan’s article “Silent witnesses prevent justice” did a great job of explaining the Bystander Effect and why people do nothing when witnessing a crime such as the assault on David Warner. She concludes that police should work towards building a sense of trust with the community.
We think it is important to give credit to the WSU Police Advisory Board that has hosted forums since 1997 to do exactly that.
There are also great opportunities for students to get involved to help keep our campus safe, such as Green Dot.
This program works to train bystanders to recognize violent situations and overcome the barriers that Chan describes. In the last year, 3,500 WSU students have attended programming about how to safely intervene in potentially violent situations.
The safety of bystanders is paramount, so Green Dot teaches multiple ways of intervening to respect personal obstacles.
We hope to continue to positively influence our community and make WSU a safe place for all. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.
Jillian Altizer and Andrew
Green Dot WSU