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RPE - Whakatu Mauri Releases new 'Bystanders' video

August 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Rape Prevention Education - Whakatu Mauri is proud to release its sexual violence prevention 5 minute video ‘Bystanders- The Action Movie’ aimed at young people.

You can view the video here...

‘The Bystanders – The Action Movie’ has been developed by Rape Prevention Education - Whakatu Mauri with the aim of encouraging young people to be safe and active bystanders.


New Zealand and international statistics suggest that approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys will have some form of an unwanted sexual experience by the time they are teenagers.


Every person in the community has a role to play in stopping disrespectful, harmful or violent sexual behaviour.  This video has been developed to encourage and empower young people to assess situations and safely step in and/or call for help for things they see happening that may not seem OK.


An active bystander is someone who sees when another person is being disrespected or harmed and chooses to step up and take positive action to make a difference. The more people who are prepared to do this, the less disrespectful or violent behaviour there is likely to be in your community.


There are steps to getting involved. Your safety must be a priority when it comes to Stepping up and Speaking out. If it’s not safe to intervene, get help from a group of people, a safe adult, or the Police.


Sexual harassment and sexual harm is never OK so if you see something happening that is not OK here are some steps to being an active bystander.

1. Check in – with the person you think needs help – are you OK?

2. Get involved – if you can do it safely, cause a distraction or split ‘em up!

3. Get help – grab your mates or others to join you in speaking up

4. If a situation is not safe for you and/or your mates to step in or is escalating, call the authorities.


For more information on how to be a safe and active bystander go to


Rape Prevention Education – Whakatu Mauri would like to thank the ‘It’s Not OK’ campaign for their support of the development of this video, the wider sector and the young people who were consulted.

This video was developed by Rape Prevention Education – Whakatu Mauri specifically to be released to other youth focused agencies to use in their sexual violence prevention efforts.

Category: It's not OK