What would you do by

23 May 2010

There is an interesting couple of videos up looking at strangers’ reactions to women who appear as though they are suffering from domestic violence. And the difference that the clothes/appearance of the woman seems to make to whether people are willing to get involved or not.

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4 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Jesus. I really want to think that i would call the police, and if the guy left, i would go to the woman. I don't think i'd have the guts to intervene directly if he was there. But maybe i would just sit there, afraid for her and me, and ashamed of myself.

    • Fence says:

      It is one of those situations that I think you'd have to be in before knowing how you'd react. Because you don't want to make the situation worse. I think the ABC show was quite harsh on people, considering that quite a few asked the waitress/manager to call the police about it.

  2. Amy says:

    I saw those linked on feministing. It's both horrifying and so upsetting to see what people saw and do. I was so touched by the fact that some people did act though.

    • Fence says:

      Isn't it? Both upsetting and touching. I think at the most I'd end up calling the police in that sort of a scenario. Plus the whole "bystander" affect probably didn't encourage people to interfere.