Sexual assault and the bystander effect: Inaction of passers-by is a grave problem which needs to be addressed - India News , Firstpost
Why do bystanders often stand and stare instead of helping the victim? Turns out this is a well-documented psychological phenomenon. On 29 April, in Jehanabad, Bihar, a group of men molested a minor girl in broad daylight, while the people who had gathered around the scene did nothing to help her. Some even took videos of the incident, which then went viral.
New York Today: The City’s Bystander Effect
Good morning on this clear Monday. The first time I dialed 911 in New York was on a subway platform at 42nd Street — last week. A woman was bleeding on her head and neck; she had fallen on the stairs between the platform and turnstiles. Some passengers hurried past her.
Toddler incident in China shows 'volunteer's dilemma'
A security camera video of a toddler being run over twice on a street in China has swept across the Web in recent days and has drawn a chorus of horrified denunciations. How, we wonder, could so many passers-by have so callously ignored the girl's plight? As humans, we are horrified when we learn that a person in distress is not helped, even when, as in this case, many potential helpers are present. Our horror increases if the person is victimized in a particularly vicious or careless way by fellow human beings. Our horror is further heightened when we learn that the victim is helpless and the kind of person who normally stimulates our instinct to aid and protect. Our spontaneous reaction is to say: "Had I been there, I would have helped; what is wrong with these people?"
The legend of Kitty Genovese and those who ignored her screams
When I was growing up in New York City, everyone knew about Kitty Genovese. We all knew the story of the 28-year-old bar manager who had been robbed, raped and stabbed to death outside her apartment building in Queens in 1964 while 38 people watched or listened to her screams outside their apartments but did nothing to stop the attack. It was more than just another tabloid murder; it was a morality tale — exhibit A for the argument that cities were alienating and dehumanizing, that there was no such thing as neighborhood or community, that people were cold, cruel, selfish, indifferent. Even today, Kitty Genovese’s name is still invoked not just in New York but around the world when people fail to come to each other’s aid in times of violence and trouble. Thirty-eight witnesses, the New York Times said, and no one did anything over the 35 minutes the attack was taking place. Not one called the police while it was underway, even though Genovese was screaming, “Please help me.
Remembering Kitty Genovese
In death, Kitty Genovese has cast a long shadow over America’s psyche, far more than she probably would have had her life not been brutally cut short at age 28. Across the decades since her murder in 1964, she has endured as a symbol of urban disconnection and apathy, a victim not only of a knife-wielding killer but of bystanders’ unwillingness to get involved in resisting evil. The New York Times had a pivotal role in creating what is referred to as “Kitty Genovese syndrome.” A front-page article in March 1964 described how 38 of her neighbors heard her screams and watched, yet did nothing, while she was twice attacked and stabbed repeatedly on her way home from her job as a bar manager in Queens. The facts, however, turned out to be quite different. Yes, some neighbors had ignored Ms.
Don't stop and stare: Bystander apathy at Nungambakkam railway station cost Swathi her life - India News , Firstpost
Research into bystander apathy began in the 1960s, following public outrage over the sensational murder of 29-year-old Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York in 1964. On a warm summer morning, in the 1990s, a young girl was cycling back home from her school, barely three kilometers away. As she got close to home, she was groped by two couple young men on a bike. The girl, about 15 years old, got off her bicycle in shock. The men too stopped, came up to her and held her tight, groping her all the while, as she screamed and cried in full public view, on the main 10th Avenue Road close to Ashok Pillar, a busy and traffic-heavy junction in Chennai. A crowd gathered around her — about 10 to 12 people, many familiar faces that she had seen while growing up in the area — the coffee powder shop ‘uncle’, the ‘pookkari’ (flower seller) whom she bought flowers from everyday, a number of watchmen in the various residential complexes in the area.
K-pop deaths renew focus on cyber bullying of young stars and lack of punishment
The apparent suicide of a second K-pop artist in six weeks has cast renewed focus in South Korea on cyber bullying of vulnerable young stars, and how it mostly goes unpunished. South Korean police consider cyber violence a serious crime and have an active programme educating the public how not to fall prey to online attacks, or to become the perpetrator. Charges laid are steadily on the rise with nearly 150,000 cases last year, but they form just a tiny part of what goes on and there is no good recourse for the victims in a country once touted as one of the most wired on earth, police say. “It’s rather simple with physical violence, as the victim can go see a doctor, but with cyber violence, there is no cure,” says Jeon Min-su, a cybercrime investigator with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. A portrait of late K-pop star Goo Hara surrounded by flowers at a memorial altar at a hospital in Seoul on November 25.
Bystander Effect: What Is It and What You Can Do About It
What the bystander effect looks like A little after 3 a.m. on March 13, 1964, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese parked her car and walked to her apartment in Queens, New York, after finishing her shift as a bar manager. Serial killer Winston Moseley was out to victimize someone that night. Genovese became his target. When he followed her, she ran.
7 charged in stabbing death of 16-year-old broadcast on Snapchat as dozens watched
Family and friends of Khaseen Morris, the 16-year-old whose stabbing death was broadcast over Snapchat, gathered Saturday at the Tower Funeral Home in Oceanside, New York, to remember the late teen. Meanwhile, prosecutors announced that seven suspects have been charged with gang assault in connection to Morris' death. An eighth man has already been charged with murder. Morris was in the parking lot of a strip mall on Sept. 16 when he was fatally stabbed, reportedly over a girl, as dozens of onlookers watched and no one tried to intervene.
Bystander effect, the inhibiting influence of the presence of others on a person’s willingness to help someone in need. Research has shown that, even in an emergency, a bystander is less likely to extend help when he or she is in the real or imagined presence of others than when he or she is alone. Moreover, the number of others is important, such that more bystanders leads to less assistance, although the impact of each additional bystander has a diminishing impact on helping.
Article summary: This article illustrates the bystander effect. A student got murdered in front of a crowd of bystanders who, instead of helping, recorded the event. by janessapng Sep 15