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Problematic Bystander Effect
Back in my elementary school days, there was an event that is now significant to me. I, and many others, were standing by, witnessing an upperclassman beating up another kid. We did nothing to help. Some were even cheering excitedly. The kid¶s injuries could¶ve gotten really bad, but then a teacher had finally decided to show up and intervene to resolve it. This one event had led me to believe that avoiding being a bystander in a negative type of situation is gravely important. It is never good to just stand by and watch as something bad happens if you really can help it. If nobody does anything to help out or at least try to stop whatever¶s happening, that incident may continue to get worse. Also, it can contribute to any form of crime, serious injuries, and even deaths. In addition, it may even contribute to sexual violence as well. For now, let¶s focus on how the bystander effect may cause negative incidents to continue to get worse. People who just watch the event and not do anything about it can increase the chances of worse-case-scenarios happening. In one instance, ³The homeless man lay face down, unmoving«One person passed by in the early morning. Then another, and another« Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax« had died´ (CBS News). This Good Samaritan was left on the sidewalk dying from knife wounds after saving a woman from an aggressive man, and no one even bothered to help him. Due to this, he eventually died. This is why being a bystander isn¶t very beneficial to anyone at all, and it can result in a worse situation than it can already be.
My second point is that the bystander effect may contribute to crimes, serious injuries, and even deaths. When people just stand by as these events occur, they not only get worse, but whoever¶s involved may be severely hurt or dead. According to a source stating one significant example, ³Kitty Genovese was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death«thirty-eight of her neighbors watched the attack from their windows« did nothing to intervene´ (PsychWiki.com). This poor woman was never helped out even once by her many neighbors. Since there were that many observers though, they all probably figured one of them had already gone to help. Even so, the more help the better, so they all still could have pitched in either way. No one did help, so Genovese was eventually murdered, which shows why bystanders are bad influences to the community. Another example from Listverse claims ³Kevin Carter« took the most infamous photograph, so far, of the brutality and disregard for human suffering«the toddler« whimpered and panted, and Carter did nothing to help her´ (Listverse.com). As a result of this ignorant photographer¶s actions, the starving baby girl probably perished, sadly. She had been trying to crawl to the nearby aid station, but was far too weak to do so. Carter was also the only one near her when she was dying, so by ignoring her is a crime in itself for being the only bystander. As well as contributing to crime and deaths, the bystander effect also contributes to sexual violence and rape. In other words, the people who do nothing to help are just letting the negative sexual activity to go on. As stated by the news, ³As hundreds of students gathered in the school gym, outside in a dimly lit alley where the victim was allegedly raped, police say witnesses took photos. Others laughed´ (CNN Justice). It seems that this demonstrates how bystanders can also be heartless prior to any negative event being witnessed, while many others are usually just helpless or undependable at the time. That doesn¶t let us differentiate between them though; they¶re all characterized as bystanders anyhow. By doing nothing to help prevent
the sexual violence from continuing on is just plain crime, no matter how anyone looks at it, because raping shouldn¶t be tolerated. So again, it is therefore seriously and undoubtedly important to not be a bystander as much as possible. To just stand by and watch or ignore the scene of the crime of beating up, murdering, or raping someone and letting it occur and get worse is not good at all. This matter is by no means trivial and must be paid more attention upon. Being a bystander is again just contributing to the crime and building a negative impact on the community since people will continue to be harassed and antagonized without anyone passing by to intervene. It¶s up to you if you want to be distinguished from a bystander or not.