This happened yesterday at a park in Washington. A girl in her twenties was raped by a 60 year old homeless guy in a park. Hundreds of people saw it happen but no one did anything about it.
Now what’s interesting is something I’ve never heard of before. It’s called the Bystander Effect. In a nutshell what it means is that the larger the group of people, the less likely any one single person is to offer help in an emergency.
If you are the victim in a situation like this, your best course of action is not to yell out “help me, someone help me!” But instead to single out an individual and ask them for help. Something like “Hey you in the the black tank top, help me, call the police!” This gives responsibility to that individual and causes them to act.
If you are someone on the sidelines watching, being self aware of this effect can help you break out of it.
What a horrible thing to happen. It kind of reminds me of the movie Scream 2 where the girl is being stabbed in the movie theater and runs up on stage in front of the screen yelling for help and no one does anything but watch in horror.
Well I had never heard of this Bystander Effect before. I guess if we’re to take anything away from this horrible event, hopefully more of us can be aware of it and know how to combat it.