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    Default Standing up to bullies

    Recent news and media reports have left me wondering; Do you agree with the notion that if you are a bystander and witness an act of bullying, but don't intervene, you are as bad as the bully for doing nothing to help the victim?
    An example is the recent racist attack on an Asian bus passenger- comments were made that the other passengers on the bus who didn't help the victim were "just as bad".

    Would you, should you, be prepared to "help"? As much as you would want to and feel terribly for the victim, would you actually put yourself in the line of fire and stand up for the stranger being bullied? Have you done so in the past? Are we all required to get "involved" and at our own risk?

    I would want to and I would hope that I would be able to help, but what if you were on that bus by yourselves or with your kids?
    Then I think, what if it was my family member being bullied and on a crowded bus and everyone just sat there, too scared to help?
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    I wouldn't say 'just as bad as the bully' I personally wouldn't stand up to two men having a go, or even two girls simply because I have A. Children to think about B. one of them is always with me so I'd hate for them to witness me in a altercation C. If I'm injured as a result and DH needs time off work this would implicate our family badly.

    However I wouldn't just walk on by and pretend I didn't see it. I'd alert proper authorities and/or stay with the victim or the person injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twoalready View Post
    I wouldn't say 'just as bad as the bully' I personally wouldn't stand up to two men having a go, or even two girls simply because I have A. Children to think about B. one of them is always with me so I'd hate for them to witness me in a altercation C. If I'm injured as a result and DH needs time off work this would implicate our family badly.

    However I wouldn't just walk on by and pretend I didn't see it. I'd alert proper authorities and/or stay with the victim or the person injured.
    I agree with this. Sometimes it's not as easy as just saying something to the bully and it all ends.. what if the bully turns onto you? what if he/she gets violent? I wouldn't want to risk myself/children getting hurt.


 

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