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USU Teach Teens to be 'Upstanders' Against Violence, Bullying

Herald Journal Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

“What we’d like to do, as a state and as a community, is to get more people to be that interventionalist; more people to be the one who steps in, inviting others to help,” Marty Liccardo, a specialist with the Utah Department of Health said. “When we are that person, the diffusion of responsibility disappears and bystander intervention comes in.” ... That was the main message of the Upstanding Youth Leadership Conference at Utah State University on Saturday. The conference — sponsored by the Logan-based nonprofit Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse, partnering with USU and others — sought to teach teenagers how to effectively conduct bystander intervention, and become what event organizers called “upstanders” in their schools and communities. ... Jill Anderson, executive director of CAPSA, hopes teens who attended the conference learned how to be “up standers” in their schools and communities. ... Whether it’s skills he can use in high school or college, Ames is “grateful” for the Upstanding Youth Leadership Conference.

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