Bystander Intervention: How to be an ally when you witness online abuse

If you’ve ever witnessed someone being abused online, wanted to step in, but had no idea what to do, join PEN America and Hollaback! for this free, one-hour, interactive training on how to intervene safely and effectively.


Please note you must register in advance for all trainings. Registration is capped at 5,000 people per training.

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 3:00PM ET/ 2:00PM CT/ 1:00PM MT/ 12:00PM PT/ 9:00AM HST. Register Here.

Don’t see the training times you’re looking for? We also have free bystander intervention trainings to address gender-based harassment.


As more of our personal and professional lives go digital, online hate and harassment are on the rise. Abusive trolls join forces to disproportionately target BIPOCs, women, and LGBTQ+ folks to intimidate, discredit, and silence. Each and every one of us can be an ally. In this free, one-hour, interactive training, we’ll give you the tools you need to intervene safely and effectively in online abuse using Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention. 

First, we’ll talk through what online harassment is and how to identify abusive tactics. We’ll discuss the severe impact online abuse can have – on well being, livelihoods, and free expression – and how it’s drowning out voices that urgently need to be heard in public discourse. Then we’ll share concrete strategies for how to distract, delegate, document, delay, or directly intervene in a way that is safe, effective, and centered on the needs of the person being targeted. We’ll have time to practice so you can leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see someone being abused online. We hope you’ll join us to learn how we can all band together to make the internet a safer, more diverse, and more equitable place.



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