Bystander Intervention Training (BIT)

BIT sticker — "Every little bit counts, it starts with JHyou!"The Bystander Intervention Training program teaches students about gender based violence, consent, and bystander intervention skills. Upon completion of BIT, students will know how to safely intervene in situations that could immediately lead to violence and how to interrupt a culture that is permissive of gender violence. Students will acquire intervention tools to use in situations that seem risky in order to become effective and active bystanders. The BIT program discusses topics including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, survivor empathy, and consent. BIT is taught peer-to-peer in two 2.5 hour sessions. Students must attend both sessions in full to complete BIT. To request a BIT program for your group email bit.jhu@gmail.com.

Adapted from a training developed at the University of New Hampshire and Duke University, BIT’s goal is to reduce the incidence of sexual and relationship violence on campus by training participants to intervene in safe and creative ways, rather than standing aside as passive bystanders.

Data collected since 2014 demonstrates that BIT increases students’ pro-social intervention behaviors, reduces their acceptance of common rape myths, and increases their confidence in being able to intervene with strangers and acquaintances as well as with friends.

BIT addresses:

  • Types of gender violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment)
  • Definition of consent (“Only an enthusiastic yes means yes!”)
  • Healthy, positive sexual communication
  • Consent and the use of alcohol and drugs
  • Rape culture
  • Common scenarios of concern
  • Building empathy for victims
  • Supporting victim-survivors after an incident of gender violence
  • Common perpetrator characteristics
  • Gender violence “red flags”
  • Practical and safe intervention techniques

Meet the BIT Trainers

Bhavitha

My name is Bhavitha and I’m a Biophysics and Applied Math and Statistics double major. I am interested in women’s rights and am a member of Hopkins’ Feminists, the Sexual Assault Resource Unit, and the Women’s Pre-Health Leadership Society. I believe that gender violence, the ignorance surrounding it, and the pervasive rape culture on this campus all have serious consequences. This is why I became interested in the BIT program. It makes the JHU campus more of a safe and supportive space by teaching its members to be more sensitive and aware of factors such as microaggressions and the presence of survivors on campus.

Bobby

I’m Bobby, a senior, Earth and Planetary Sciences Major. I’m involved with Quidditch, Dance Marathon, and a member of Phi Delta Theta. I came across BIT first as a training participant with Phi Delt. After the training I came to realize how much the issues discussed in BIT affect everyone’s experience here at Hopkins, and how we can create change right here at home. My hope in being a BIT instructor is that we can make Hopkins a place where everyone present feels safe and respected, and that they can count on their fellow students to have their back in potentially hazardous situations.

Brice

My name is Brice Messenger and I am a sophomore at Hopkins. I am a neuroscience major. I am a member of the men’s volleyball team and am the current secretary of the Barnstormers, one of Hopkins’ theater groups. I think the BIT program at Hopkins is excellent in what it advocates and I believe that the message is very important. I became a BIT trainer to help educate my peers in how to prevent gender and sexual violence before it’s too late.

Corina

Hey! I’m Corina! I’m from upstate New York, and am majoring in Cognitive Science. On campus, I am a part of Yo! Baltimore Tutoring, A Place to Talk and SARU (The Sexual Assault Resource Unit). In addition, I’m interested in Deaf Culture and American Sign Language, and I love to cook. When I first arrived at the Homewood Campus, I was so happy to realize that Hopkins is an active and engaged community. I am so thrilled to be a part of BIT training to help educate our campus. I believe that by ensuring that every student has the same information that is provided during BIT training, we can all work together to create a even stronger and safer community.

Courtney

Hello! My name is Courtney and I’m a junior from New Jersey majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to BIT I am also a member of the Design Build Fly team and SARU at Hopkins. I wanted to join the BIT program to educate my peers and to encourage our campus to engage in a serious conversation about sexual assault and gender violence.

Darin

Hi, my name is Darin and I’m a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish. I’m a big fan of most things music related, with a particular bias towards R&B; I also enjoy reading and any type of conversation. I am interested in the BIT program because I recognize gender and sexual violence/assault, as well as the culture surrounding it as a problem on campus. It is quite often accepted and uncontested as almost a norm. I am very dedicated to bringing this issue to the forefront, and helping to end its pervasiveness on campus.

Eric

I’m Eric and I’m a sophomore Materials Science and Engineering major who is also interested in Russian language and literature. I am a member of JHU Stressbusters and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club. I wanted to be a part of the BIT program because I think that education about gender violence is an important part of creating a safe, healthy, and happy campus community.

Isaac

Hi I’m Isaac and am a rising senior studying Computer Science and Applied Math. Three years ago I trekked 3000 miles from Los Angeles to attend Hopkins. I am deeply involved in the music community at Hopkins specifically within a cappella as the President of the AllNighters. I also am enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory in their Voice Minor program. Gender violence is a huge and growing issue in American society and college campuses in particular. As a brother of the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, I know that one of the places that women feel threatened is within the university party culture. I believe it is supremely important to show all parties on campus the importance of gender violence awareness and ways we can all work to prevent it inside and outside of sweaty basements. The BIT program is pushing towards that goal which is why I wanted to get involved.

Karina

Hi! I’m Karina and I’m a sophomore majoring in Medicine, Science, and Humanities. I’m from New Jersey and naturally love bagels, but also love spending time with my dogs and cooking. On campus, I’m part of Blue Key Society and Campus Kitchen. I’m excited to be a trainer because sexual assault is often unaddressed, but BIT helps bring awareness to these issues to keep our community safe and supportive.

Karissa

Hi my name is Karissa and I’m a sophomore Public Health and Sociology major on a pre-med track. I’m from Northern Virginia and I like to cook and mentor students. I believe that consent is an important term and practice that students should strongly be aware of and use. I wanted to take part in spreading this message to the incoming freshmen.

Lindsey

I’m Lindsey, a junior Political Science, Public Health, and Psychology triple major. I’m from just outside Boston, MA, and a huge Pats and Boston sports fan. On campus I am involved with BIT as well as PILOT, Blue Key, Club Equestrian, Club Softball, and my sorority, Pi Phi.

 

Ruth

Hi there my name is Ruth and I’m a senior in the Writing Seminars program. I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana and I like to read and dance. I also work for the student radio station WJHU as a DJ and PR executive. I’m super excited to be part of BIT because having frank conversations about sex and sexual assault make Hopkins a safer community for everyone.

Sarah

My name is Sarah and I am Writing Seminars major from Littleton, Colorado. Beyond writing fiction and poetry, I love to be outside hiking, camping, or rock climbing (especially if I get to take my Labradoodle Sandy with me). I also enjoy cooking and spending time with my family and friends. I was first interested in the BIT program when I went through the training as a freshman. I was immediately struck by how important the work BIT is doing for our community. I firmly believe that by increasing awareness and education on sexual assault, consent, intimate partner violence, and harassment we can create a more positive and healthier environment for everyone.

Sabrina

My name is Sabrina, and I am from Cocoa Beach, Florida. I am a neuroscience major and visual arts minor. I aspire to get an MD/PhD and do medical research on Alzheimer’s Disease. Other than being a BIT trainer, I am a MAPP mentor for the incoming freshman through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the fundraising co-chair for Habitat for Humanity. I have a passion for art, singing, education and service. What drew me to become a BIT trainer were my friends’ as well as my own experiences with sexual violence. Sexual violence is an experience that can impact a life-time regardless of how long the actual assault lasts. It is important to delineate clearly the line that cannot be crossed as well as the signs that could lead up to an assault to help people to avoid bad situations. BIT serves an even greater role since many people do not talk about these issues. Transparency and openness is what I hope to achieve in my sessions.

Talisa

Hi! My name is Talisa Coronado and I’m from Dallas, TX. I am a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major with a minor in Spanish for the Professions. I am also a Health Leads Advocate at the Bayview Medical Center. I have been closely affected by relationship and gender violence and I’m so happy to be able to help steer the Hopkins Community to a brighter and more positive future by becoming a BIT trainer.

Wadia

My name is Wadia and I am a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major from Alexandria, VA. I really enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I spend a lot of my free time with my a cappella group, Kranti. I’m excited to be a BIT Trainer because I think it’s really important to learn how to be safe and keep others safe on campus and around the community.

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