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Copy of Red Watch Band Program

Information about the RWBP; Simpson College

Jessica Fortin

on 3 November 2013

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Red Watch Band:
Bystander Intervention Training
“When we focus on primary alcohol prevention efforts alone, we are turning our backs on a critical front where our young people need us the most – namely, at the very point when poor decisions have been made and things start to go very wrong. That moment can happen to any of our young people in this country, and until we are able to address fully the deeply ambivalent relationship our society has to alcohol and its role in our daily lives, we must also be thinking of how we are arming our students with the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to act on behalf of someone who may be in harm’s way as a result of toxic drinking.”

-Dr. Jenny Hwang, PhD Director of Univ. Counseling Center. Stony Brook University 2009
The Mission of the Red Watch Band training is to provide students of the Trinity College community with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths, sexual assault, and to promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion, and respect.
Over 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
small group chat
How have you had to deal with this topic?
Raise your hand if...
What is...?
Symptoms of Overdose
Myth or Fact?
vomits while sleeping
& does not wake
person is passed out or unconscious
slow or
cold, clammy, blue skin
cold shower
sleep it off
walk it off
In Spring 2011 a random sample of Trinity undergraduates were mailed the 2011 Healthy Behaviors Survey. When respondents were asked about the effects of drinking in the previous year:
61% reported "blacking out" at least once
30% reported self-injury
28% reported vomiting (due to drinking) in a public setting at least once
65% reported vomiting (due to drinking) in private
...We shall govern ourselves sensibly and support our peers so that they also behave accordingly...
Trinity College Student Integrity Contract (p. 9)
...As students in an academically engaged and socially active environment, we understand that drinking at social events carries responsibilities not only for ourselves but also for our peers...
Only 72% of students who completed the survey, felt a responsibility to "step in" with an intoxicated friend if they were vomiting and/or had passed out
Spring 2012:
19% of students reported having been "criticized by someone for drinking too much"
12% reported having been "cut off by a friend"
The Bystander Intervention Playbook

From the University of Vermont

Defensive Split – Step in and separate two people. Let them know your concerns and reasons for intervening. Be a friend and let them know you are acting in their best interest. Make sure each person makes it home safely

Pick and Roll – Use a distraction to redirect the focus somewhere else: “Hey, I need to talk to you.” or “Hey, this party is lame. Let’s go somewhere else.”

The Option – Evaluate the situation and people involved to determine your best move. You could directly intervene yourself, or alert friends of each person to come in and help. If the person reacts badly, try a different approach.

Full Court Press – Recruit the help of friends of both people to step in as a group.

Fumblerooski – Divert the attention of one person away from the other person. Have someone standing by to redirect the other person’s focus (see Pick and Roll). Commit a party foul (i.e. spilling your drink) if you need to.

Cutoff - Tell the bartender or host of the party (brother, etc.) your concerns and allow them to take control
Hands Only CPR
1. "Hey, are you okay??"
2. Call Campus Safety
3. Push Hard, Push Fast
Sexual assault prevention
Nightwatch Logistics
How to sign up for a shift:

I will send out an email every month with the link below to sign up for shifts on the schedule.

Night of the event:

The day of your shift I will send you an email containing information on parties that night (location, host contact information, time). Please read it and feel free to ask me questions!

Dress as you normally would.

Make sure your cell phone is on, charged, and has my number, the numbers of all Nightwatchers on that night, and the event host's number.

Go to the SHAC House to pick up your green backpack.
Make sure it is stocked with water, food, condoms, band-aids,
gloves, a red biohazard bag, and a few vomit bags.

Sign your timesheet.

During the event:

On Vernon:
Go to the location(s) and check in with the host and meet essential people (bartender, brothers, etc.) Make sure you establish a way of communicating with them. Work from 11pm-3am: Parties end at 2am, so use your judgment to either stay on Vernon or transition into walkers from 2-3am.

At least once every 30 mins do a round of each location checking bathrooms, stairwells, outside areas, etc.

Take a loop of campus, going through the Concrete Jungle, Crescent Street, and North. If you hear a party, go down the hallways, lounges, etc. Work from 10pm-2am.

End/After Event:

Be sure to let the host know that Nightwatch is leaving

Drop your bags off at the SHAC House, putting food/drinks in the fridge, biohazard materials in the red bag in the metal container

Complete the Post-Event report within 24 hours of the event- I will send it to you the day of your event.

Things to remember:

We are not responsible for saving everyone or preventing everything. We are essentially well-trained, sober students at a party and have no liability for the welfare of others.

Maintain confidentiality- please don't tell people "Ashley was so wasted Saturday night!!" or "XYZ brothers were such jerks"

If you come into contact with bodily fluids (someone vomited on your shoes, you came into contact with blood, vomit, etc. without gloves) EMAIL MARTHA BURKE O'BRIEN IMMEDIATELY (she can also clean your shoes).

The pay is $8.50/hour with a raise every year you stay. I will send a reminder email to go to the HC to fill out and sign your timesheet every 2 weeks.
2011: 6 sexual assaults/rapes/attempted rapes
2012: 10 sexual assaults/rapes/attempted rapes
2013: 6 sexual assaults/rapes/attempted rapes


Therefore, we can extrapolate to say approximately 80 students were raped at Trinity in 2013.

There were also several cases of sexual harrassment each year.

1 in 4 college women are the victim of rape or attempted rape by the time they graduate

74% of the perpetrators and 55% of the survivors had been drinking beforehand
Ways to intervene:
Have you ever intervened? What worked?
You are at Fraternity XY in the basement and see a couple dancing. The girl looks like she can barely stand up and they are getting pretty hot and heavy. They stop dancing and are leaving, with the guy supporting the girl, who obviously can't walk on her own. What intervention would you use?
You're walking down Crescent and see a group of people stumbling down the sidewalk, looking unsteady and slurring their words. What do you do?
You are doing rounds in Frat XY and in the bathroom there is a girl and her friend, with one of them vomiting in the toilet and barely keeping her head up. The friend tells you "she's fine, she just needs to sleep it off" and the vomiting girl waves her hand at you, motioning for you to go away. What do you do? Would it be different if she were alone? What if she were lying on the ground?
Establishing communication with the party host is key. You must be able to contact them (text, know their location) so that they can intervene if necessary. If possible, introduce yourself to the bartender as well.
How to give out snacks and water?

"Hey, do you want any water or granola bars? I have some in my bag!" -while you're giving them out- "I also have condoms if you or someone you know might need them tonight- let me know!"

"Hey, aren't we in a class together?"

"Hey, can I give you two things?" - give out water and snack

"I love your dress!"
Trinity Sexual Assault Response Team:

www. trincoll.edu/cs/SART/Pages.aspx
Reporting Options
You are in a freshman dorm and a room is having a rager. You see people coming and going, stumbling and falling into walls. What do you do?
Every Choice Video
Host issues:

I never want you to be in an uncomfortable or tense situation. If a host is giving you a hard time or not letting you in, just leave and let me know in your post-party report.

Reinforce that we are not linked to the administration. Feel free to give them my contact information.

Remind them that we're helping them out- we're sober and helping to prevent transports to the hospital from their house.

Disclaimer + issues we've had, survivor resources
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