A 19-year-old woman was being attacked by two people. A crowd of people that was nearby and witnessed the attack didn’t do a thing to help her. It’s called the ‘bystander effect‘.
Jessica Hughes, a student at DePaul University in Chicago, was riding the Blue Line home to Berwyn around 10:00 in the morning. You’d think that would a time when the train would be safe. But not for Jessica!
At one stop, as most of the passengers got off the train, Hughes noticed something wasn’t right. A strange man moved into the seat right in front of her and stared at her.
Before she knew what was happening, the man jumped up from his seat, and got on top of Jessica. The man demanded Jessica give him her phone and began yanking at her headphones. The attacker then pushed her to the floor, beating her head with his fists. The man also bit her left hand during the attack.
As the beating continued, Jessica screamed for help. The other men on the train ignored her.
“They just watched,” she said. “I feel like people just don’t want to get involved.” No matter how much she cried out, no one intervened. “He kept beating on me,” she continued. “I’m yelling help to the other people and no one came.”
Luckily the whole thing was caught by security cameras. The video helped police identify the assailants as Dwayne Mills, 25, and Chitonia Shorter, 18. Mills and Shorter were both arrested and charged with felony robbery.
The most disturbing thing about this is that someone could be the victim of such a violent crime and no one would do anything to help!
Right Wing News reports:
What would happen if someone was attacked in front of a crowd of people? According to the bystander effect, nothing — people are less likely to intervene if other people are also around. One 19-year-old woman experienced this firsthand after two people brutally attacked her, and the people around her did absolutely nothing.