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Bystander Effect Research Paper

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Bystander Essay Imagine you get attacked while in your car, in the middle of heavy traffic, on your way to work. The attacker had a knife and baseball bat. They break open your window with the baseball bat, drop it, and start to stab at you. You get cut, and start to scream for help. But none of the hundreds of others come to you aid. They quickly disperse, causing an accident, and leave you on your own to die. You get cut at the heart, and thrown out of the car, left to die. “Why didn’t they help him?” many other people would think. The answer to that is something called the bystander effect. The Bystander Effect is when someone who is capable of helping another person in danger, does nothing but idly stand by, watching the event happen.…show more content…
“A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him… But a certain Samaritan… came upon him; and when he saw him… bandaged up his wounds, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him”. (Source B) This is an example of someone who went against the bystander effect. This Samaritan saw someone that was in dire need of help, and instead of carrying on with their life as if they never saw him, the Samaritan did something about it, fixing up this poor man, and taking him to an inn for shelter. Sometimes people break the Bystander Effect, and are able to assist those in need. In the story On the Sidewalk Bleeding, there are 2 rival gangs, the Royals, and the Guardians. In the story, a Royal named Andy gets stabbed by a group of Guardians, fatally, and is left to die. There were 2 groups of people who could have saved Andy, but did not. A drunk man, and a girl and boy, who were dating. The drunk man did not know that Andy was stabbed and dying, as he thought that Andy was drunk, and the drunk man was obviously to drunk to realize what happened. The boy and girl, however, considered helping him, but “We help him, and the Guardians’ll be down on our necks”. (Source A) They didn’t help him simply out of fear for another gang. If they did decide to help him, if they broke through the Bystander Effect, Andy would have survived in the story. When people break through this effect, lives can be
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