The Bystander Effect
This week will mark the eleventh month since Corey was murdered.
Let that thought linger for a moment. Eleven (11) months without answers.
Actually, I will correct myself on that statement. We do have some answers. We know where Corey was attacked. We know that he was attacked near a unit of apartments close to our home.
How do we know this?
Because many people from that apartment unit reported hearing a fight/attack happening during the time that Corey was attacked. We also know that most of the people from that unit moved out within three weeks of Corey’s murder.
The police said that everyone was willing to say they heard what happened, but no one was willing to say they saw anything.
I understand this. It’s called the “Bystander Effect”. Its a well documented psychological effect.
“What is the Bystander Effect? The term bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. When an emergency situation occurs, observers are more likely to take action if there are few or no other witnesses.” (Psychology – About.com)
So, in lay men’s terms?
You were laying in bed that night, and you heard my son scream.
Did you hear my son call for help?
How long did this attack go on?
When you walked to the window to see what was causing such a ruckus, you saw who attacked my son…
But you thought someone else would take the responsibility of telling the police.
After all, you were the innocent bystander, right?
Someone else surely saw what you saw. Someone else will help. Someone ELSE should do something.
Give me peace. I’d do it for you.