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As well as being an ally, it’s important to be an active bystander. This can include amplifying the voices of those who are being silenced by sharing their stories and experiences, and calling out racism.

If your friend, colleague, or a member of the public is being harassed, it’s important to be an active bystander. If someone is in immediate danger, call 999. Never put yourself in physical danger.

When it comes to intervening safely, some key things to remember are:

Call out negative behaviour, tell the person to stop. Do this as a group if you can. Be polite and try not to aggravate the situation - remain calm. Don’t physically intervene – you could get hurt.

Try and get the victim out of the situation – tell them they need to take a phone call, or strike up a conversation; any excuse to get them away to safety.

Alternatively, try distracting, or redirecting the situation by starting a conversation with the perpetrator to allow their potential target to move away or have friends intervene.

Make sure to ask the victim if they’re okay – they’ll probably be in shock and feeling upset. Listen. Allow them to have a space to talk.

The below tips are important if you need to report:

If it is safe to do so, take a photograph or video on your phone.

Record details of times, number plates, descriptions and so on. If you don't have a pen with you, leave a voicemail message on your phone or write a draft text. As soon as you can, write down the information in as much detail as possible.

If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

Report it when it’s safe to do so. You don’t need to visit a police station and you can report it online.

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