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The Bystander Effect is Alive and Well

The first time I heard of the “bystander effect,” I was a child listening to adults talk about the Kitty Genovese murder in Queens, New York. Apparently bystanders heard the screams for help of 28-year old Kitty Genovese as she was being stabbed to death outside her apartment building but didn’t come to her aid, out of fear. The phrase was coined to shame those who were complicit or didn’t come to the aid of a victim in need out of fear for their own personal safety. ┬áNearly 60 years later – thanks to social media – the world is now “watching” human beings being murdered and a country – Ukraine – be destroyed in what could be collectively called the NATO Bystander Effect: 30 countries afraid to really help out of fear of a madman. Read more »