A Frontstander is willing to intervene when witnessing any type of discrimination, including sexual misconduct, dating violence, bullying or harassment. Being a Frontstander is a valued and expected behavior of a Montana Tech Community member. The origin of the word comes from the well-known “Bystander Awareness” efforts which attempt to help people understand that if they are “bystanders” witnessing someone in a compromising or dangerous situation, they should step forward and intervene.
Bringing in the Bystander
Bringing in the Bystander™ is a bystander education and training program designed for male and female college students. The program aims to engage participants as potential witnesses to violence, rather than as perpetrators or victims. Skills are provided to help when participants see behavior that puts others at risk. Skills include speaking out against rape myths and sexist language, supporting victims, and intervening in potentially violent situations. Research indicates that the program maintains a positive effect at 4.5 months following the intervention. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has identified Bringing in the Bystander™ as a “promising program” for effectiveness. It remains being researched for effectiveness.
This program is approximately 1.5 hours long. It has become part of Montana Tech’s programming toward the prevention of sexual misconduct. Cricket Pietsch, Joyce O’Neill, and Scott Forthofer are trained in the Bringing in the Bystander™ program. Contact either for more information.