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Have you ever watched the television show, What Would You Do with John Quinones? John and his crew set up situations placing an actor in harms way and then they, discretely, film and watch to see if innocent bystanders will help or not.

Would you assist a stranger in distress or would you walk by? Are you a Good Samaritan? Many states have laws in place to legally cover individuals brave enough to step up to another’s aid in a time of need.
‪‬‬ shared, “Good Samaritan laws are intended to protect those who assist a victim during a medical emergency. Most of the laws deal with the general public and assume that medical personnel are unavailable or have not yet arrived… ‘If something happened like, say, the marathon bombings, and someone on the street who saw the explosion immediately responded and tried to stop the bleeding of someone who had been injured by applying a tourniquet and did it incorrectly because they didn’t have medical expertise and the victim ends up dying or being harmed as a consequence of that intervention, I think most courts are going to consider that to be ordinary care,’ says Prof. Lance Gable of Wayne State University Law School. ‘They did the best that they could under the circumstances. It’s very unlikely that a court is going to find that person negligent.’” 

Have you ever looked the other way thinking someone else will help?

Sometimes the more people the less likely the individual will get help. Wikipedia labels this as the Bystander effect. The website offered this explanation, “The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Several variables help to explain why… ambiguity, cohesiveness and diffusion of responsibility.”

Every 15 seconds, in the Unites States, a woman is abused. One out of four women will be raped and/or beat in her lifetime. Horrific statistics like this speak to the need to get involved. Please, if you can help another suffering, try. If you can’t physically help, call the police.

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