AN ORGANIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS IS DEDICATED TO BYSTANDER INTERVENTION
The Guardian Angels were originally set up in 1979 to protect New York City subway riders, but now has many chapters across the globe. Read about their activities here.
A MAN IS THROWN TO THE TRACKS AND IS RUN OVER BY A SUBWAY TRAIN
No one came to the aid of this victim of a sudden fight between strangers waiting on a platform.Why didn’t someone try to rescue him?
A photographer took a picture of the victim trying to climb back up to the platform. Was that an appropriate reaction? Various media outlets show the picture of the victim right before he was run over and killed. Is that ethical or exploitive?
A talk show host who organized the “Guardian Angels,” a civilian anti-crime patrol, argues that the members of the public should have a duty to intervene, or else face punishment.
Is this fair? Would such a law have the desireable impact of increasing bystander intervention?
TWO PEACEMAKERS TRYING TO INTERVENE IN FIGHTS ARE SLAIN
Two Good Samaritans who tried to break up a pair of vicious, bloody fights in
the predawn hours of a Sunday morning were murdered in two unrelated incidents. Read the news items here
TEENAGERS SEND TEXT MESSAGES AND TAKE PICTURES OF AN INCAPACITATED GIRL BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED – BUT NO ONE TRIES TO STOP ITConnects to the idea of training young men to stop acquaintance rapes that appeared on p. 344 in Ch. 11.
An investigation into a sexual assault of an intoxicated 16 year old girl by high school football players is facilitated by evidence gathered from social media. The reactions of the bystanders indicates the pervasiveness of a deeply entrenched “rape culture” among teenage athletes. Their unwillingness to intervene underscores the need for training to encourage onlookers to become “engaged bystanders” (click here) or even “courageous bystanders” (click here).