For decades, the "bystander effect" (previously) has been a bedrock of received psychological wisdom: "individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present; the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that one of them will help."
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Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that a museum visitor walked out of Moscow's Tretyakov gallery with a painting worth $1 million tucked under his arm. As you can see in the video above, visitors in the crowded gallery watch the man as he removes the painting from the wall and walks out with it, but no one stops him.
The suspect has since been apprehended and the painting, Ai Petri.Crimea by Arkhip Kuindzhi, recovered.
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With racist and discriminatory acts on the rise since Donald Trump’s election, Barnard Center For Research On Women and members of Project NIA created a video that offers six simple tips for what to do if you witness a verbal or physical assault. Having concrete steps in mind will hopefully stop you from just being a bystander. One important thing to remember is that the police can often escalate situations involving people of color and trans folks. The video advises that unless you’ve been specifically asked to do so by the victim, avoid calling the police. Read the rest