The Awareness Of The Bystander Effect

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In 1964, the murder of a young woman named Catherine Genovese caught the public 's attention only after two weeks of its occurrence, resulting in a national term known as the 'Bystander Effect. '. This term basically implies that, while other bystanders are present, one 's sense of responsibility is dwindled, despite watching a victim in danger, and the individual is therefore less inclined to act alone. While, on the optimistic side of this controversy, some people ignore the urge to witness over act, many innocent people like Catherine continue to suffer and die due to the inherited and technological apathy of the twenty-first century. The objective of this paper is to educate would-be bystanders and raise awareness about the 'Bystander Effect ' in hopes that …show more content…
36). And perhaps this is true, but the evidence that free societies have presented, America in this particular case, shows that life put in the responsibility of others is highly likely to shift into the hands of another. The citizens of a community should not have to give up their freedom to ensure their lives be kept safe, or their valuables unharmed, nor their business sabotaged. A community is a well knit network of neighbors and servicemen looking out for one another, and ensuring their fellow members are safe at all times possible. This may seems as if there is a choice in it, whether to act or not on intervention, but the fear of harm should not hinder any one person. If living in a free society is a risk in itself, inaction and self-preservation would only broaden that risk. Measures can be taken, and in time, things can be healed, but letting a life extinguish is an insincere gesture that stains one 's conscious. Society is not lost, and apathy has not won; the future generation still has a chance in our mishaps. Acting now, in the present state of fear and danger, is the only chance it

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