Fear of violence will deter Good Samaritans
A23 year old woman died in Germany this week following injuries sustained when she intervened in an attack on two teenage girls.
Her tragic death has sparked debate all over the world about whether or not intervening is the right thing to do.
Helping someone in difficulty is never a bad thing but how many of us would be willing to risk our lives to do this?
Gone are the days where a sharp word from a passer by would put an end to any intimidation. Now the most likely course of events is that the attackers will transfer their venom to the innocent Good Samaritan.
This woman is sadly a perfect example of this. For her good dead she was beaten to death.
A recent social experiment in Sweden also reflected public reluctance to intervene in domestic arguments. A staged fight between a couple in an elevator saw just one out of 53 members of the public intervene and express concern.
The rest were loathe to interfere in a private incident even if it appeared that one of the couple was being intimidated.
Perhaps the couple would have told them to back off and mind their own business but perhaps the party under attack was secretly crying out for assistance.
There are many occasions in life where we think it best to keep ourselves to ourselves and not to meddle in the business of others yet how many times have we thought ‘I should have said something’.
There’s a fine line between being a busybody and genuinely helping someone in need and we never really know what is going on.
Of course the real issue is the fact that anybody would be assaulted in any manner, never mind to the point where they die as a result.
The level of violence prevalent in society today is spiralling out of control and is becoming more accepted all the time.
When that woman in Germany stood up to those attackers they didn’t stop and run they decided that she was their victim instead.
Thugs like this have absolutely no moral compass and put no value on human life. This cannot be tolerated in any corner of society.
Cases such as this will also further deter us from speaking out and we will be even more inclined to keep our mouths shut.
How many of us would intervene in violence, domestic or otherwise?