Recently in Philadelphia a woman was raped on public transportation as people watched and filmed until SEPTA police stopped the assault at the final stop on the train. A few years ago I wrote this piece for WHYY News on the importance of intervention.
One incident I recount is when a complete stranger saved me from being attacked as I ran from a man chasing me on Callowhill street. I still don’t know her name. She likely saved my life.
“In a world where we are all accountable for each other, in a world where we find no pleasure in the victimization of others, we are less likely to be victim to one another.”
Stop Assault Voyeurism
Victims hurt twice over by people who watch an assault rather than stop it