Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Takes on the “Bystander Effect”


Feb. 12, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY –Sexual harassment prevention training increasingly incorporates the concept of bystander intervention. Now bystanders are learning to recognize workplace-related sexual harassment and recognize situations when they should report it.

California legislation encourages sexual harassment prevention training to include information on bystander intervention. New York City is mandating its inclusion, effective 2019.

“The slogan, ‘If you see something, say something,’ doesn’t just apply to security,” explains Rena Cohen Kozin, vice president of sales for HRTrain. “Reporting sexual harassment isn’t solely a supervisor’s responsibility. Effective training can help employees learn to when to step in and speak out.”

Bystanders can help victims of sexual harassment by:

–      confronting the harasser

–      interrupting the conversation and changing the subject

–      going to a supervisor

–      taking notes on what is occurring, offering to accompany him or her to report the incident, or serving as a witness in an official complaint

–      understanding that, like a victim of sexual harassment, he or she cannot be retaliated against by the organization.

Cohen Kozin adds: “Rather than ignoring sexual harassment in the workplace, which inadvertently makes inappropriate behavior acceptable, bystanders need to know that they have the power to use their voices to eliminate sexual harassment and improve the overall work environment.”

For more information about sexual harassment prevention training that addresses the bystander effect, please visit HRTrain or call 1-888-478-7246 x1.

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About HRTrain

HRTraincreates customized, innovative, and engaging online learning solutions for the workplace that focus on the prevention of harassment, workplace violence, substance abuse, and unconscious bias, and addresses organizational diversity, conflict resolution, and ethics. To explore course content and try a demo, please visit For more information, please visit HRTrainor call 1-888-478-7246 x1.


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