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Bystanders Responsibility

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The article is about the very recent rape that took place in California and his been all over the news. A young girl was raped while countless onlookers did nothing. Some of the bystanders were adolescents, but sadly there were quite a few adults in the crowd as well. The author seems to believe that the outcome was plausible given the way students are being taught today. I completely disagree with this belief however.

The moral issue here is obviously inside the fact that their were bystanders that sat back and did nothing while a 2 hour rape of a young girl ensued. Did the onlookers have a moral responsibility to act on the injured girl’s behalf, absolutely without a doubt. Even if the onlookers chose not to interfere directly with the culprits, they had a fundamental obligation to inform the police or authorities of the incident. Given that the rape lasted more than 2 hours long, one involved in watching the occurrence should be charged almost as heavily as the rapists.

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  1. kmcowles
    November 4, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I completely agree with you. Those people did have a responsibility to do something. I also disagree that children are being taught differently in schools. Rape is always wrong and it is always the responsiblity to do what is morally rihgt. A simple phone call could have saved that girl a lifetime of angst

  2. ansmith2
    November 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    What the problem is, is that we are taught not to do anything for fear of punishment for intervening. From early on to adulthood now we are taught to be passive. in school if someone picks a fight we are not to retaliate or we will be punished. We can not defend our selves so why help others is how many view it. As adults if your home is broken into you are to run away from the scene not try to defend your property, or you may be prosecuted. there is also the pitfall of if everyone is seening something going on surely someone will call authorites so why should I bother. If everyone, which it has been the case, thinks this way then noone is calling. A murder took place years ago in a neighborhood where all the neighbors heard but noone called the police bc they figured someone else will. It a sad world we are growing up in…

  3. yardieboy88
    November 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I heard about this but i dont know the entire truth of the matter. And personally we cant say that all the bystanders have a responsibility to call the police.

    There is a moral sense among people that if we see a wrongful act in progress we should take action or if we see someone in need we should help but that doesnt mean that we are liable for everything that happens.

    It would be nice if someone had spoken up but they dont have to.

  4. krismj88
    November 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t know how your could watch this and not have a want to act. If someone I knew was ever in that situation I would certainly have wanted someone to feel morally responsible for the situation and try to stop it. What if that was their daughter or their best friend. So many people hold back and wait to see what other do. It we were talk to stand away from the crowd in a stronger way this situation may have changed.

  5. juliafuellenbach
    November 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I absolutely agree that the bystanders had the moral responsibility to do something. Sure, maybe one person alone can’t rectify anything against several men, but there was a crowd watching the rape. An I think that all this people together could have helped. As already has been said, the people could have at least called the police. And not to do anything on the supposition that anybody else would call the police is no justifiable excuse.

  6. courtnei86
    December 8, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I agree that the bystanders should have done something to help the girl. If they did not want to intervene then they should have called the police. That would not have change he fact that she got raped but it would not have lasted for 2 hours. We are taught today to just stand back and not to get involved in something that is not our business but this could have been a matter of life and death. These bystanders probably thought that someone else had already called the police but don’t assume in cases like this just pick up the phone and call.

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