Youre out, and you see something that doesnt look right. Instead of saying something, you keep walking. You find out the next day that someone needed your help.
April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. It also is your chance to get involved. As a bystander, you can act and safely change the outcome. Speaking up might go against the mind your own business trend. Next time youre in a situation and something doesnt seem right get involved.
If you think someone is in trouble, ask if theyre OK. Be honest and direct in explaining your reasons for intervening. If you dont feel comfortable approaching a situation on your own, ask a friend, a co-worker anyone for help.
Remember, you are watching out for someones brother, sister, child or friend. Next time, it could be your loved one who needs help.
Its time to get involved and do what is right. For more information about how to be a bystander who intervenes, contact the Sexual Assault Services Organization at 259-3074.
Emma Salazar, Durango