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Why Should I Do Anything?

The mentality of the gathering crowd, watching someone get hurt here…

Why should I do anything? I’m NOT the only one who’s seeing this! Besides, I gotta, head into work now, I’m already late, and the boss warned me if I were ever late again, she’ll FIRE my ASS! 220 more words

Experiences Of Life

Fighting the Bystander Effect

By Jolie Day

Have you ever seen a person in need of help but thought someone else would eventually step in? What about someone being verbally or physically assaulted because of their race, identity, religion, or gender—and no one tried to help them? 729 more words

Beating the Bystander Effect: Part III, Theatre of the Oppressed

One method for helping students beat the bystander effect is to allow them space to practice acting–and reacting. Theatre of the Oppressed (in particular, Forum theatre), is one way to do this. 704 more words

Middle School

Beating the Bystander Effect: Part II

For older kids and adult students, The Atlantic‘s City Lab has a six-step guide for standing up to a bigoted attack. This article dates from 11/15/16; it’s written with an eye to recent events and increases in harassment and hate attacks. 322 more words


Beating the Bystander Effect: Part I

Reports of hate crimes and harassment have increased since the election. Several places are tracking these reports; a great place to get a current picture is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s… 434 more words

High School

It’s Easy to Be Outraged on the Internet. It’s Much Harder to Be an Upstander IRL.

Like many people all over both North America and the world, I followed the live results of the US election on November 8.

Because I don’t own a TV, I attempted to stream the coverage on my laptop.   1,390 more words

Real Life

How a girl exposed her genitals for all the world to see; and how I did nothing to protect her.

It is hardly six o’clock as we sit down for dinner at a restaurant in the bustling Gaslamp quarters of San Diego. Hundreds of people pass by our table on the sidewalk, offering a welcome distraction from our growling stomachs. 422 more words