Bystander Intervention Will Stop Anti-Asian Harassment, Panelists Say

HUNTER COLLEGE–The best way to stop Anti-Asian hate is to intervene when you are a witness to it, explained Senior Trainer at Hollaback! Dr. Myra Jacob at a virtual training on Thursday. The event was designed to be an interactive experience to help teach bystanders how to safely de-escalate acts of violence while these hate crimes are on the rise.

The easiest way to help someone getting harassed according to Jacob is to remember “the five Ds”: distract, delegate, document, delay and be direct. “You can’t intervene if you don’t know what you’re looking for,” said Jacob, advising students to assess a situation and decide which of the five is appropriate and most comfortable.