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Bystander Effect

We Should All Be Humanists

Mila Atmos | Posted 12.27.2016 | Good News
Mila Atmos

Since the election, I have been alarmed by dangerous tweets about possible nuclear arms races, several proposed Cabinet nominations, and a rise in hat...

If You Have A Health Emergency, Strangers Probably Won't Help You

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.21.2016 | Healthy Living

Every year, emergency medical services receive 36 million calls for Americans suffering health crises, from injuries to heart attacks. Despite the fac...

Why Would Anyone Film A Rape And Not Try To Stop It?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics


This Assault Victim Might Still Be Alive If Bystanders Had Helped

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.21.2016 | Crime

Bystanders ignored a Chicago assault victim lying lying on the street. Moments later, a taxi accidentally ran over his body and killed him. ...

The Bystander

Linch Zhang | Posted 01.14.2017 | Impact
Linch Zhang

I don't always keep my promises. I'm subconsciously biased in a hundred and one ways. I'm lacking in conscientiousness. But at least when it comes to global poverty, I will not, I cannot, just stand by.

The Science of Saving a Life

Marion Leary | Posted 10.27.2016 | Science
Marion Leary

Science supports the fact that it's up to you, the community bystander, to be the difference between life and death in these situations, and here is how we know!

The American Bystander

Maura Dickey | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Maura Dickey

I want to be like the man on the subway who told the operator about the woman's seizure, because as soon as he did, people followed suit and offered help. We have the power to choose whether to justify passivity or actively decide to do the right thing, and as a society I believe we ought to break free from our psychological tendency to just stand by.

Is Televised Rape Muting The Reality?

Annie Grayer | Posted 07.21.2016 | Women
Annie Grayer

Televised rape does not treat sexual assault with the due diligence that we expect of ourselves in real life. Since the prominence of rape cannot be ignored, does showing a misrepresented version of rape on television suggest that rape is just a part of our current culture that we must accept?

Ryan Grim

Here's How You Can Help Stop A Sexual Assault Before It Happens | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

Earlier this year, a woman named Jackie Fuchs reached out to The Huffington Post saying that she was ready to come forward with a secret she had lived...

Why So Many People Don't Intervene When It Comes To Sexual Assault

LiveScience | Laura Geggel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Women

By: Laura Geggel, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/22/2015 10:39 AM EDT on LiveScience A recent video of a sexual assault -- on a crowded F...

#WhoWillYouHelp PSA Empowers Bystanders To Help Prevent Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women

"When you do nothing, you're helping him. But when you do something, you help her." That's the key message in a new campaign from the Ontario gover...

My Assault, My Story: Veteran Owns Her Voice to Expand Her Impact

Emilie Aries | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Emilie Aries

This act of senseless violence could have stood in Ebony's way from living a full and happy life. Through her recovery, she turned to her faith and giving back through service to create positive change instead.

The Reevaluation of a National Mindset

Hannah Berkman | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

To fully eradicate the frighteningly common issue of sexual assault, we must change the rape culture of our society. We cannot stop a crime whose focus is the degradation and objectification of women if we don't stop the problem at its root and eliminate the current attitude toward women.

Videotaping Death and the Dying on a Dallas Freeway: The Perversion of Social Media and Smart Phones in a Voyeuristic Culture

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Clay Calvert

Today, some scholars suggest that "the Internet desensitizes us to shocking images and diminishes our empathic skills.

Celebrating Nosy Neighbors

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.03.2014 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

As America becomes a country plagued by community violence, mass shootings, school shootings and missing children, we must also become a country of nosy neighbors. Vigilance works. It's really up to us.

I Survived Assault In India, But When I Went to Police, I Was Victim Blamed

Bustle | Posted 07.01.2014 | Women

People were passing by, staring in awe at the scene that was taking place in front of them. Their heads turned sideways as they glanced back at me in horror and surprise. A few people even slowed down to watch him throw me to the ground. But not a single one of them stopped. No one came to help. I was alone.

This Bullying Social Experiment Is Incredibly Eye-Opening

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact

No one is immune from bullying. Whether you are the oppressor, the victim or the witness, you are part of a cycle that needs to end. A new video sh...

6 Reasons Why Bystanders Choose Not to Intervene to Stop Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

For kids, who are often in the very best position to stop the bullying that occurs in their midst, the barriers to intervention are very real and quite formidable. What follows are six of the most frequently cited reasons that young people give for why they choose not to intervene to stop bullying.

A Forgotten Hiccup in the Kitty Genovese Case: The Judge Speaks Out

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 03.30.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

In 1990, 25 years after Moseley murdered Kitty Genovese, he brought a pro se habeas corpus petition in the Brooklyn federal court seeking his freedom. I got the Moseley case.

How A Friend’s Divorce Could Cause Your Own

Vicki Larson | Posted 10.12.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

We marry in a great public display of love and commitment. Divorce, however, is a totally private and personal event. But, is it really?

Icons R Us: Me, You and Joe Paterno

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.16.2012 | Sports
Stuart Muszynski

The fall of college football icon Joe Paterno continues to be America's most-watched story. Why does the chronicle of yet another fallen hero resonate with us? What does this say about the pulse of America?

Why Being In A Crowd Make Us Callous

Sam Sommers | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

When we understand how crowds can make us callous, we know too much to rest comfortably in our own inaction.

Vanishing in New York City

Stephanie Gertler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Gertler

I think about Aidan, Andy and me -- seemingly quintessential New Yorkers, wearing black on black, who became slightly less anonymous to one another for an hour until we, along with Enrique, vanished back into the thin air of New York City.

Learning from a Facebook tragedy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

If a friend, acquaintance, relative or neighbor had noticed the writings on Jared Lee Loughner's MySpace page or his videos on YouTube and called them to someone's attention, might this horrible tragedy have been averted?

The Politics of Social Loafing

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Paralysis by lack of reaction from the larger public is driving Congressional lethargy on key issues such as jobs. If the Senate isn't seeing any public outrage, then what's the hurry?