PROBLEM ISSUES

The RESPONSE ABILITY Project works to educate and empower people to intervene in problem situations and make a difference for other people, organizations and issues. 

Browse the issues below for more information and resources on problems that affect us all. By clicking on an issue, you will be taken to a page where you can read blog posts, view related videos, and download documents to educate and empower yourself to overcome bystander behavior and be an everyday hero.

Bullying »

Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere. It is not “just messing around” or something to grow out of. Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their community and on their campus. If you see someone being bullied, know that you have the power to stop it and be a hero!

Hazing »

Hazing is everyone’s responsibility. Virtually every college or university, school, national governing body, athletic department, fraternity/sorority, organization and workplace has an anti-hazing policy and most have procedures for reporting violations. The most important thing you can do is report it. Don’t be a bystander.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse »

Alcohol and drug abuse requires intervention in many situations—not just addiction. Intervention is needed when someone has had too much to drink and grabs their keys to drive.  Intervention is needed towards any illegal drug use. Negative consequences are occurring from drug and alcohol abuse—and many of us are letting them happen.

Sexual Issues »

Everyday, we see situations where someone makes an inappropriate sexual comment or perpetrates sexual harassment. Sometimes, we say or do something. At other times, we choose to ignore the situation. How do we make those decisions? Is there a safe way to increase the number of times and situations in which we might choose to act?

Discrimination »

Racism. Sexism. Homophobia. Anti-Semitism. Discrimination is all around us and it is harmful and divisive. Yet, do we take the actions—in that moment or later—to impact this inappropriate, offensive and unhealthy behavior? Too many times, we don’t. Those impacted in these moments need someone to intervene. They need a hero!

Everyday Life »

We all see and hear things in our everyday life where we have an urge to act. We know what we are seeing or hearing is a problem that needs our attention—needs us to act. Yet, too many times, we don’t. We stay silent, walk away, watch, laugh along, even participate. Yet, we don’t fulfill our urge to be a hero in that moment. Why don’t we?