BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Many local and national agencies provide resources for survivors of sexual assault and encourage bystander intervention when possible.
RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, has a list of bystander intervention tactics to help prevent assaults from happening. They include creating a distraction, asking if a person if they feel unsafe, referring to authority figures such as security or law enforcement and enlisting others to intervene in a situation. According to their website, RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) and online chat line in both English and Spanish.
Local agencies include:
- The Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault: https://kernalliance.org/
- Kern’s Family Justice Center: https://www.kerncounty.com/government/departments/district-attorney/family-justice-center