Dear Engaged Bystander, Have you seen the recent disturbing story about the rape of a young girl (15 years old) on a side street, in broad daylight? Some media outlets are picking up the story and saying that no one did anything. Someone who drove by the scene was quoted as saying that they thought they were “just having sex.” It is hard to imagine -- this girl was raped on the sidewalk, with people driving by, in daylight, and remember, this is in the middle of winter!
Below is the CNN report on the crime:
I also find it disturbing the way the story was covered.
The reports mentioned that “no one did anything to stop the rape”. When it is reported that way, it makes news. But it also means that we can sit back and say how horrible, how irresponsible and know that we could never do that. It is an easy pass.
But if the lead on the story tells us that someone did call 911, someone else went back to the scene, a young mother drove by and blew her horn, we THEN start to ask: What did they do? Did it make any difference? What would we want someone to do?
There is so much more in this story but I am simplifying the debate for the blog. I would love to know what you think about this story. Let me know.
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