What would you do?
What would you do if you came along domestic violence in progress? What if you overheard your neighbors having a violent argument? What if the situation had the potential of endangering children? Maybe you only suspect something bad is happening. What would you then do?
Most people don’t really know what action they may take; it depends on so many factors, including the circumstances and the potential options available. I would hope that I’d be willing and able to do ‘the right thing,’ whatever that may be in the situation at the time. The right thing may be to dial ‘911’ so that trained, qualified officers and/or emergency personnel could handle the situation.
An Indifferent Bystander: Sometimes bystanders who witness crimes in our society demonstrate apathy or indifference toward the victim. This especially can happen when there are several people witnessing the same crime, but no one steps out to do anything. Each person then may decide nothing really needs to be done. It may be fear that causes the inaction, and that fear may be justifiable.
A Good Samaritan: In Luke 10:25-37 is a passage about a good Samaritan that is very thought-provoking. The Samaritan went above and beyond what his society would ever have expected of him, in his effort to help another person. In our efforts to emulate the Samaritan, what would be required? Do we have the knowledge and capacity to help appropriately in any given situation? If there seems to be no options available to take action, can we pray?
On October 21st from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm, the YWCA of Richmond’s Fatima M. Smith will be presenting a workshop on the topic “Bystander Intervention Training.” RSVP is required, and registration is open. This event is FREE and open to the public. If you’re in the area, please join me at this workshop, so we can learn together what we can and should do.
Go to ywcarichmond.org for further information.