Have you ever been passed a wreck that had just happened with a bunch of other people around you? During that time did you look around to see if someone else had called the police? Possibly even seeing a few people on their phones and assumed they did, so you decided to leave? But what if no one actually did and because of this that person in the wreck actually didn’t get help in time.
This method of thinking was labeled the Bystander Effect. Which basically comes down to that its more likely for someone to call the police if there are only a few witnesses. In a large group, people take cues from others or they think someone else will take action, so they don’t have to. One of the first victims of such effect was a young woman named Catherine Genovese or as her friends called her "Kitty". According to police she was violently stabbed numerous times, robbed and sexually assaulted, even though over 38 people knew what was happening, they simply did nothing.
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