A good bystander is a good friend.

If you are concerned about someone, use these techniques to help:

  • Create a distraction.
  • Ask the person directly if they are ok with what’s going on.
  • Get help from an authority.
  • Team up with a few friends and get involved!

Check out these videos to learn more about bystander intervention.

Prevention Services

feature_preventionBehaviors to prevent sexual violence are learned behaviors. Bystanders need to intervene. Adults need to recognize the warning signs of offenders and take action to keep children safe, and consent is required for sexual activity.

At PAAR, we provide the knowledge and skills-building for every member in our community.

For more information contact: Julie at juliee@paar.net or call 412-431-5665


Our innovative prevention programs build skills and increase positive behaviors in middle and high school students to prevent sexual violence. Our programs combine an evidence-based social norms approach with best practices in sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention strategies.

For more information contact: Julie at juliee@paar.net or call 412-431-5665

Colleges and Universities

Consent is required for all sexual activity. PAAR’s got consent program defines consent, helps students set and communicate limits and boundaries while and respecting the limits and boundaries of others.

We also provide trainings for college and university professionals.
For more information on how to get programming at your school contact: Julie at juliee@paar.net or call 412-431-5665


Downloadable resources


Education for Parents

Parents are integral to protecting children and preventing child sexual abuse. It is adults’ responsibility to keep children safe. Parents in the Know is an innovative practice-based child sexual abuse prevention program.

Parents in the Know consists of four 2-hour interactive sessions to help parents and guardians build, practice and strengthen skills to prevent child sexual abuse. Parents will learn about and discuss:

  • how to promote safe and respectful behaviors,
  • how to recognizing questionable behaviors in adults,
  • how to intervene in warning behaviors and
  • how to talk with her/his child about respectful relationships, age appropriate sexual development, sexual abuse prevention & healthy sexuality.

“I learned to be more aware and what to look for in keeping children safe.”

“I gained perspective on how to respond to situations that seem suspicious for abuse, or just to be a better active bystander.”

— Parents in Allegheny County

“We just wrapped up our Year Two pilot of the program… and were thrilled to find increasingly positive outcomes.  It’s been such a great experience piloting here in WA, we are so grateful for what you’ve created and all of your support!”

— Prevention Program Coordinator of Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

Parents in the Know was developed by Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and supported by funding from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s Vision of Hope Fund.


For more information contact: Julie at juliee@paar.net or call 412-431-5665


Be prepared to – respond to a disclosure of sexual violence, intervene on behalf of a victim, recognize warning signs of perpetrators, and improve policies and procedures to prevent sexual violence.

We provide comprehensive training programs on sexual violence and abuse.

arrowDepartment of Education/Department of Human Services Act 126/31-Approved Mandated Reporter Training
Know Your Role and Responsibilities in Protecting our Children. Schedule your school and agency’s state-required mandated reporter training and ensure your staff is up to date.

Please contact juliee@paar.net for more information.

Coaching Boys Into Men

“Coaching Boys into Men,” is a research-based, program that engages male coaches to serve as role models and mentors to male athletes to prevent sexual violence. The established bond that coaches have with their players is used as a vehicle for coaches to promote respect and healthy relationships, counter sexual and relationship violence, and encourage young men to get involved to prevent violence.

Click here for more information

Psycho-educational Programs

PAAR provides psycho-educational programs to survivors within community settings. Psycho-educational programming provides information and activities on a variety of topics each week including self-esteem, relationships, sexual violence, boundaries, and healing.

The Hispanic Community

Sexual violence has no boundaries. We want all survivors of sexual violence to know there is support and healing available for them. We also offer prevention programs to all members in our community.

To schedule programs please contact Teresa at Teresao@paar.net.

La violencia sexual no tiene límites. Queremos que todos los sobrevivientes de violencia sexual sepan que existe la posibilidad de recibir ayuda y sanar. Nosotros también ofrecemos programas de prevención.

Si tienes interés en la presentación de un programa de prevención de abuso sexual, puedes contactar a Teresao@paar.net
Sobreviviendo una violación/violencia sexual
¿Qué debo hacer primero?

Si has sido víctima de violencia sexual:

  1. Anda a un lugar seguro y llama a PAAR -1866-END- RAPE (1-866-363-7273).
  2. Acude a los servicios de emergencia de tu hospital más cercano. Si te encuentras en el condado de Allegheny, tu puedes pedir a un empleado del hospital que te contacte a un defensor médico de PAAR. Pueden llamar al 1866-END-RAPE ( 1866-363-7273). Este servicio es gratuito y confidencial. Si no te encuentras en el condado de Allegheny, puedes pedir al personal del hospital que contacte al centro de ayuda para violencia sexual más cercano.
  3. Pruebas importantes del abuso pueden estar en tu cuerpo y en tu ropa. En lo posible no te cambies la ropa (Si ya te has cambiado, pon tu ropa en una bolsa limpia y tráela contigo cuando vallas a la sala de emergencias).
  4. En lo posible trata de no bañarte, ducharte, comer, beber, lavarte los dientes o ir al baño antes de ir a la sala de emergencias.
  5. Ten en cuenta que el personal del hospital denunciará tu asalto a la policía. Depende de tí , si deseas hablar con la policía o no. Si deseas hacer un reporte policial, es mejor hacerlo lo más pronto posible.
  6. Como víctima de un crimen, tu podrías obtener una compensación económica por gastos que hayas tenido como consecuencia del abuso sexual. Esta ayuda la brinda, el program de Pensylvania de compensación a víctimas. Puedes contactar a PAAR para mayor información.
  7. Sí te preocupa la posibilidad de estar embarazada, anticonceptivos de emergencia podrían ser una opción para tí. Preguntale al personal del hospital por mayor información.
  8. Por favor llámanos. No importa que hallas decidido hacer, tu has hecho lo mejor que has podido. Puedes comunicarte con PAAR al 1-866-END-RAPE (1-866-363-7273)

Child Sexual Abuse

The Child & Family Counseling Center at PAAR is available to provide help.

Child sexual abuse is a violation of trust and power that can affect girls and boys of all ages. Abuse can be in many forms, including sexual acts such as rape and other types of penetration, inappropriate touching, voyeurism, exhibitionism, pornography, child sexual exploitation, and internet-based child sexual abuse.

Many children who are victimized don’t talk about the abuse. They feel confused when a person they know and trust violates them. Also, many men or women who sexually abuse children will manipulate or threaten the child in an attempt to keep their victim silent. Children want the abuse to stop, but fear what might happen if they tell.

Warning signs

Sometimes the signs of abuse are obvious, but most often, they are not. Symptoms of child sexual abuse can include physical injuries, bedwetting, headaches, mood and emotional changes, inappropriate sexual behavior, or increased talk about sexuality in a way that is inappropriate for their age.

Health effects

The effects of child sexual abuse can affect the victim for many years even into adulthood. Several multi-decade studies have documented that people with childhood sexual abuse histories experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies and chronic illness such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Victims also have problems with trust, self-esteem and emotional regulation, which can cause problems in interpersonal relationships. The effects of abuse also impact academic success, job retention, and earnings.

Resources, help & prevention

  • Education and resources: Through education, people can identify offender behaviors and be confident enough to report suspicions to authorities. Also, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study analyzes the relationship between categories of childhood trauma and health/behavioral outcomes later in life. Visit www.acestudy.org for more information on the study.
  • Talk about it: Parents, guardians, and caregivers can foster open communication with children, establish personal boundaries, help children identify adults they can trust, monitor children’s online usage, and be role models by promoting healthy relationships.

The Child & Family Counseling Center at PAAR is available to provide help to survivors. Call 1-866-END-RAPE (1-866-363-7273).

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