Just watched quite a shocking article on Today Tonight or A Current Affair or something similar. Basically they employed various actors to pretend they were beating up a homeless guy at the side of the road, in broad daylight, and another couple who were pretending they were having quite a violent domestic argument, with the guy threatening to throw the woman off the bridge, getting physically violent towards her, and an older guy supposedly having a heart attack in a public park and collapsing, and watched to see how many passers by would intervene.
Shocking because of how few people did anything, how few people even stopped, how many just walked on by hastily, looking the other way.
I think it was filmed in Sydney, but it made me think - what would I do if I came across such a thing in the park? I'd like to think I wouldn't be one of those who pretended to see nothing, and at least shouted at the perpetrator to stop, even if I stayed out of reach, but I just don't know. I guess if I had the dog with me I might feel a bit more confident, but how much would I get involved? As a woman, who, despite being as tall as most men, and with quite a bit of self-defense training, would I just feel that would expose me to too much risk??
I hope I never have to find out, but it did make me think! Anyone been in that kind of situation? What did you do? If not, what do you think you would do?