If you've ever taken a basic psychology class, you probably know the story: In 1964, Kitty Genovese was attacked in front of a large apartment building where, reportedly, 38 witnesses stood by and did nothing. Her story led to a flurry of studies that came to establish what's known as the bystander effect, which says that the more witnesses there are to an incident, the less likely it is that any one of them will step in and help. A team of European researchers took issue with this research and performed their own study. Their results should bring comfort to any would-be victim.
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Written by Ashley Hamer August 9, 2019
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