Thank you for signing up for this free, virtual film screening of “The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots” with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and the Sexual Assault Response Team! The video will become available on this page on April 16th, 2021 at 12 AM PST and will be available until April 22nd, 2021 at 12 AM PST.

This 49-minute film tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven gender violence prevention models — the innovative bystander approach developed by pioneering activist and writer Jackson Katz, Ph.D and his colleagues. Katz gives special attention to the peer culture dynamics, and explores the role of bystanders in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence.

“The Bystander Moment” is not rated. Not recommend for audiences under high school age.

This film contains accounts that some viewers may find disturbing but without them, it cannot be fully understood. Please take care while viewing the film.

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment

After watching the film, join us for “The Bystander Moment” virtual conversation scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th , 2021 at 6:00 PM PST.

This event will feature a keynote by Jackson Katz, Ph.D, internationally renowned speaker, educator, activist, author, and co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), and guest speakers Jim Hart, Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner and Ann Simonton, activist, writer, Media Watch founder/director and Chair of the Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. We will explore how we can disrupt the culture of silence by transforming bystanders into changemakers.

Space is limited to the first 250 registered attendees! Advance registration is required. If already registered, please visit the Microsoft Teams Meeting link you received in your confirmation email to join the event. If you have not registered yet, visit this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the event.

These events are free of charge and held in recognition of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month and are supported by the Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women.

Questions can be sent to SAAM@santacruzcounty.us