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  1. hd253759 says:

    This video is shocking. How can 38 persons see someone in danger, suffering, asking for help and not help? It shows that in these days people are more concerned with themselves and do not have empathy for others. Perhaps people did not act out of fear of something bad happening with them, maybe they thought “why should I submit to danger for someone unknown?”. Anyway, if everyone that saw, or at least someone, had done something it could have ended differently.


  2. Jelani Cato says:

    It’s actually terrifying to think that people can hear and see something like that happen and not do anything. Especially when you think about how it wasn’t completely dark out and there were people who saw what was happening. If someone had intervened at any time before the man had gotten away it could have had a very different outcome but no one came to help. The bystander effect is terrifying in and of itself.


  3. The video “What would you do” is a perfect example on what really happens on a daily basis, when women in general becomes victims of predators. I commend all the people that actually stepped in and didn’t let the teenager go with the older male. As for the ones that didn’t, a quick call to the police would also been a help even if they didn’t want to interact with the male. I strongly commend the group of teens that stepped in and took it a step further by inviting the girl to come sit with them so then man can leave her alone. Those that has a voice and aren’t afraid to use it can save lots of live. To those that are scared to use their voice, I hope they can build strength to do so, and not wait for the situation to get worse to then use it.


  4. The Bystander Effect video is truly heart breaking. The fact that no one stood and took charge to at least call for help as this poor lady suffers from multiple stab wounds is mind blowing. She could have survived if someone has spoken out. The fact that this man was hunting “to kill” a female is sick. Why do people think like that? Why do people think it’s ok to take someone’s life? As I thought about it a little more, I realize that people may not have stopped it because they didn’t want to be call a “snitch”. Or they didn’t want to put their family in danger. The way I think about it is, in a situating like this we have to take into consideration and ask ourselves, what if this lady was our mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, cousin or friend. Would we want neighbors to get help or would we want them to just ignore it?


  5. Daniel Villalta says:

    The obedience to authority video unfortunately shows the way and the distance an innocent person can go to basically harm another human being because he is trying to just be obedient to a person of supposedly “higher authority”. In a way we are taught and expected to obey this authority but to what point? when do we start questioning this authority and decide that enough is enough? do we keep obeying blindly or our moral values take over and do what we feel is right? I commend the gentleman doing the test because he felt and knew that it was wrong to keep administering the test without any consideration for the guy taking the test. The prison experiment test is also unfortunate because it shows what humans can do when they are given free reign over another group of people who they see as inferior or criminals. They are also given the tools ( sunglasses ) to hide their characters so they can become someone else to feel better about themselves I believe. The experiment goes too far even to the point that it changes the psychologists actual view of the experiment because they start seeing it as just an experiment without realizing that the prisoners were actually being psychologically, emotionally, and physically hurt until a third party comes in and sees what the experiment is actually doing to the prisoners and reprimands the people in charge. I also commend this lady because she spoke up and therefore the project was terminated. If not it could have ended even worse than what it was!.


  6. Daniel Villalta says:

    WOW!! Shocking and saddening to have seen these two videos. The bystander effect is really shocking because not only did people saw that Kitty was assaulted the first time and no one did anything to help and the perpetrator saw that no one came to help her and went back a second time to finish the job!! I understand the bystander effect where everyone thinks that maybe someone else will jump in and do something but come on it is almost unbelievable that these people had a chance to save her life the first time but all of them decided not to and allowed the perpetrator to come back and finish killing her. Just sad. The second video is just as shocking because we are talking about a little girl who is clearly screaming for help and again no one comes to her aid until, hours later and multiple bystanders just walk by her, some young men decide to help!. I also understand the point that most people are so focused on their own agenda and the norm is to mind your own business. BUT watching this video I can see that if people would just maybe stop and listen to some “specific clues” then in situations like this more people would help. Clues like “you are not my father” or “somebody help me” these types of clues should make us stop and think that there is something really wrong here and not a child just acting up or throwing a tantrum!.


  7. I was not so surprised that Kitty Genovese didn’t get help from her neighbors because that what we do as an humans not putting ourselves in a danger position someone for someone else. Bystanders Effect happens every single day in our life that we do not stand up to help others because we assume that there is always some else would start helping them before we do. However, I would try to get help for Kitty if I was one of the 38 people. Even though if I wasn’t helping directly by going outside, but I could try to get help from other ways by keeping my lighting on or scream through the window just scare the murder through the window. If we watch someone suffers and die front of us and we don’t get help for them therefore, we are more likely would not get help from others when we getting into the same position.


  8. The videos about Bystander Effect show us how afraid and paralyzed we can be in certain circumstance.
    A research proves that if is given to us a question and we know for sure the answer, we still go with the majority of the answers and it is understandable because we want acceptance and to belong to a group. But when the matter is a human being’s life is horrify that we have the same reaction. Drew Carberry said; in the middle of a crowd where nobody is doing nothing, that’s the normal thing to do, and asked: Would Genovese be alive if just one person watched the attack? It is scary but the self-preservation and the fear of being hurt keeps us away to help others. They mentioned the Holocaust as an example of bystander effect and made me think that maybe we still have some remnants from the times when gladiators fought to death while people watching, waiting for someone to die.


  9. Vicki Đỗ says:

    I read this story a few years ago and would like to point out that the number of witnesses is exaggerated. Part of the story is false, so I put that into consideration when writing my response. However, that does not take away from the disconcerting atmosphere of the event. I believe that a sense of conformity is a crucial element to the Bystander Effect. No one wants to stand out. No one wants to be an outsider. Everyone wants to follow the majority. For that, someone innocent was gruesomely murdered. However, as shocking as this tragedy was, it is a natural human instinct to merely watch and not provide help. It is because we fear to put our own lives on the line, or we simply think that someone else will help. And unfortunately, altruistic thoughts and actions are rare. In my opinion, The Bystander Effect is a phenomenon that degrades our society and places distrust into people.


  10. Bystander Effect

    When it comes to the bystander effect, I would not rely or trust that the people around me or before me already reached out for help. I would treat the situation as if I was the first one to call or even if others called, I would call again. People assume others around have already taken action, when in reality a lot of people are not calling for help thinking that someone else already has. I would check and see what was going on, I could not ignore someone crying for help. Not knowing the situation, I would intervene and ask the victim if she is ok, I would stand by until emergency personnel has arrived. Even if I suspected it was just a couple arguing I would open my door to make sure everything is ok.


  11. fausto Mora says:

    The part that shock me was when she was asking for help and also the the neighbors were watching what was happening not body try to help her, watching this new show me that sometimes people do not pay attention on what is happening around then, or if they now they stay away and do not try to help that person. For example, in this case some of the neighbor think that she was drunk and some of then new that she was stab, but no one came to help her, or call the police. In addition at the end, one neighbor came to help her but it was to late, she die in the way to the hospital. This news show us that how people decide to react in some things and that sometimes they do nor want to do something to help other, or to try to help them.


  12. This is just unbelievable. First of all, how can a human being do this to another human like him. I think this murderer is controlled by evil spirit, he can’t be called a human. He is just a sick person, it amazed me the fact that he woke up at around 2 am to kill to kill a women. This guy was married, and he left his wife home and went out very early in the morning to kill another women, I can only say “Jesus have mercy on us”. The other shocking part of this story is, 38 people watched her murdered and did nothing. I wonder if some of them didn’t think it was that serious, I don’t know if they thought they were just two drunk people fighting as the time was 3 am. I know some people don’t want to evolve, but how can all 38 of them didn’t think as that could happen to them or their close family member. It’s my first time hearing this heart breaking story, and I really want to watch the whole investigation why the people that saw her did’t call the police.


  13. Huong Lam says:

    The sad truth that people are indifferent to things around them such as nature, animals and even their fellow beings. Basically, this is a psychosocial phenomenon. It is obvious that there were many people witnessing Kitty who were stabbed until dead, but they did nothing to help her because they believed others will interfere or call the police. The case of Kitty Genovese has great influence on society. Bystanders did not respond to her screams that night, they just hesistated to help her and werre busy to try to figure out what was going on down there or what happened to that girl until they really recognized how serious it was.


  14. Gabi De Morais says:

    The most shocking part is that many people where there watching Kitty being killed and no one even though about helping her. If just one person called the police right the way maybe she could survive. Kitty’s story shows us how selfish people can be by just watching the situation but not doing anything to help. Unfortunately many people are afraid to intervene in situations like this because they fear for their own safety.


  15. Jack Mulrenan says:

    watching this documentary video, it is easy for everyone to say that we would all hope to be the one to stop such a tragedy from happening. it is sad that this was not the case for this young woman. so many people had the opportunity to save her or to call for help and nobody did. the bystander effect is an eye opener study that makes you realize how stubborn people can be, knowing that someone else will take the responsibility of acting in charge of a situation.


  16. YINGTING CHEN says:

    I first read about the Kitty Genovese murder in tenth grade English, about a year ago. I was an article we had to read while the teacher was absent and there were questions we had to answer. It was, you guessed it, part of the Holocaust unit. It demonstrated the bystander effect that would go on to allowing the Holocaust by spearheaded an effort of blatant ignorance towards the smoke and ashes from chimneys where bodies burned en masses, towards the abuse of humanity, and the end of millions of lives. This video was more vivid and PG13 than that article ever got and the details are astounding for the worse of reasons. I am 5’3″ and light enough than any of of my friends could easier pick me up and spin me around, I have zero self defense training and would not win in any fight. This summons the question: What would I do? What would I have done if I were looking out one of the windows? Would I have helped? Would I have at least called the police or invited her in? I don’t know. I hope so.


  17. CARMEN LAM says:

    Watching this video made me uncomfortable, knowing that no one was to save another simply because they all assumed someone else would deal with the problem, because people don’t want to take responsibility when there are more people around, because there it “always” that one person who goes out of their way to help another. Assumptions, in this case, resulted in a negative ending. I think majority of the people don’t help when they are not needed to because it is better to stay out of others problems rather than sacrificing oneself to help another. In this world, sometimes it is necessary to be selfish sometimes, but in this event, selflessness should be applied.


  18. Wael Machmouchi says:

    Wow this was honestly ridiculous. People heard her scream and saw it happening but chose not to do anything about it.At this point i realize that this society is selfish. Not even a phone call to the police. How could someone have the heart to watch someone suffer like that and not do a single thing. Especially that one part when someone opened his door and saw it happening right in front of him. All he did was close it. How selfish can someone be. I understand that people were scared and were trying to be safe but at least call the police right away. People need to take action when something like this is taking place. If you cant help and are scared for your own safety just call the police.


  19. Astha Lama says:

    It surprised and upset me that many people didn’t take any action to help Kitty. I can understand
    that the people must have feared for their own safety so they didn’t have the courage to physically stop the murder from taking place but couldn’t the people have at least called the police when they saw Kitty getting stabbed? Especially the people who kept opening the door and watch the murder happen. If they had the courage and the energy to open the door, then why didn’t they use that energy and courage to call the police ASAP?

    Why did it take someone so long to actually call the police for help? This goes on to show
    that if a large number of people were to witness something that needed attention and we were all thinking that someone else will eventually do something about it, that though is not going to lead people anywhere and is just going to let the situation take place and it will have a bad ending. People should take action themselves and not rely on others for actions.


  20. I think some people feel a responsible to themselves first before they can feel it for others. what if they intervened and received the same out come as Kitty. People often like to believe that at a given moment, when danger appears that they would do the right thing, rise to the occasion, try to help try and maybe even be the hero although in most cases our instincts kick in and its usually to run or look the other direction. As someone once said; sometime cowards do survive. The bystander effect isn’t just an experiment its a reality. The fact of the matter is more people I am surrounded by the less likely I will help the person in need because in the mind I know someone else besides myself will and can do the deed. The other person doesn’t need all of us. From a neuroscience perspective, there is belief that the brain experiences a kind of tug of war between emotion and rational thinking. If the rational side wins out, we’re more likely to take a logical view of moral situations . Most people in that building took the logical approach that is to not intervene. A self preservation mode. this meant they were not in danger, this meant they didn’t have to engage in something that would be potentially dangerous. NOT EVERONE HAS A SELF SACRICIFING ELEMENT TO THEM. You can choose to help someone without sacrificing yourself. When a crime is occurring some people often watch / witness everything that occurred its happens because they are either in shock or to scared to help but once the crime is committed, the harm is done and the danger is gone, they appear and attempt to help just like that one neighbor who helped kitty in the end. The neighbor exhibited prosocial behavior but clearly, like all the people in that building lacked altruism – a self sacrificing element that would have alternately saved kitty’s life. Had anyone individual acted sooner things could have been different, kitty’s odds of surviving would have been better. But that was then and this is now thank God for cell phones, 911 and quick fast responders who have ALTRUISM BEHAVIOR


  21. Jasmine Gray says:

    All of these examples of situations where people don’t feel uncomfortable or troubled by the fact that other people are in danger makes me question the morality of humans. I understand it’s strange to be put in a situation where you have to do something so drastic as to save someone’s life, because we’re not used to doing that. So people are scared to take action, but their hesitation was shown to have deadly consequences that will live on in their conscience forever. Learning about this bystander effect has helped my awareness of the issue and if in the future I see someone in danger then I won’t wait for some other person to help out.


  22. meryem dalil says:

    I’m having hard time believing what happening in these videos. I went to convince myself that we are more aware and welling to help. This video may gives us hope


  23. N K says:

    After watching the video, some of the actions the neighbors took makes sense. Even in today’s society, when people see a car accident, or some type of robbery or incident that affects themselves or their family members, most people will not help in a crowd setting. What really had me wanting to scream was the neighbor at the top of the steps that opened their door. They looked outside for a second, saw the man raping the woman, but closed the door and didn’t do a thing. I would think, If you saw something happening right outside your front door, you would do something, call the police, chase the guy away, anything BUT close the door and ignore what is happening outside the door.



    It’s honestly so shocking that people would wake up and hear someone screaming that they were being hurt and all they would do is shout to “leave her alone” and “what’s going on” and not call the police or like go down to where things were happening to defend her. After the man left Kitty alone it would make sense for people to start going down the stairs in order to help her but they all still stayed inside of their houses even when this man came back and finished the job. It’s really just horrific to think about.


  25. ashley hodgdon says:

    I am in complete shock after watching this video. I cant believe that such a horrific crime took place and no-one helped this woman. At one point there were neighbors that opened their door and saw what happening and still did nothing to help. Even if they were in fear for their own safety why didn’t they at least call the police. Really this makes no sense to me.


  26. This video has just brought tears to my eyes, viewing how somebody can loose the precious gift of life, even when somebody in the neighborhood would have rescued her life. It is human nature to ignore our responsibilities, hoping somebody else would do it , after all am not the only one their to help, we keep doing that and having false hopes that somebody else will, hence more damage, even when we could have prevented most of them from happening.


  27. Cameron Selfridge says:

    As shocking as this video may be to some, I really wasn’t surprised to find out that 38 people watched quietly while a young woman was stabbed to death. If this same scenario was to happen in today’s society, I imagine that many people would be recording the murder and posting it onto social media instead of intervening and possibly saving a life. Most people would tell you that without hesitation that they would call the police or run down to help the woman out, but that simply isn’t true. Instead, people will assume that somebody else will have the courage to intervene, leading to an instance like the one in this video, where no one assists. After this incident, I wonder if the bystanders had any regret knowing that they easily could have prevented this situation from happening.


  28. Andres Leon says:

    It is so bad how all the people that knew that she needed help didn’t do anything. This video shows that there are people that don’t care about helping others when they know that they need it, just because they think that there is someone else that can do it instead of them. As the video says, some people maybe thought that she was drunk but i don’t think so, she was screaming it was obviously that that girl needed help. The neighbors just ignored her.


  29. shakya723 says:

    After watching this video, the murder n the video had made me think more about morals of people in today´s society. If someone was being even hurt or bulled publicly in society, I would step in no matter what the size of the other people or persons. This is murder happening, like another person life is in danger and the bystanders did not even react to the situation. If it was in their life in danger they want would want someone to step in and help them. Even calling the people could of changed the outcome of the situation.


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