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The Bystander Moment

Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots


The Commons : 004

Date & Time

April 4, 2024, 2:00 pm4:00 pm


In association with the SAPH and Green Dot, join us to watch clips from the documentary "The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots" featuring Jackson Katz, and discuss them with a host from Green Dot.
About the Film:
The film tells the story of the innovative bystander approach developed by Jackson Katz and his colleagues. Katz explores the role of bystanders -- especially friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers -- in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence. Katz also gives special attention to the peer culture dynamics -- in particular the male peer normalize sexism and misogyny while silencing other men in the face of abuse. Along the way, The Bystander Moment stresses the crucial importance of appealing to people not as potential perpetrators or passive spectators, but as active bystanders and potential leaders who have a positive role to play in challenging and changing the sexist cultural norms that too often lead to gender violence. The result is an indispensable educational tool in the ongoing struggle to prevent sexism and misogyny and promote gender equality.
What is Green Dot:
The Green Dot program is a violence prevention and bystander intervention program launching here at UMBC. The goal of the program is to engage a critical mass of our community in a behavior change where violence will not be tolerated and the end result will be a reduction in violence.

This discussion-based program follows the Women’s Center Brave Space model to provide a welcoming environment and thoughtful community to engage in conversations focused on support and healing for survivors of sexual violence. This group centers the experiences of survivors and their allies; we request that students do not use this space for class research or interviews.

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