Should you do anything if you see someone being attacked?

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  1. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
    MonkeyShine75posted 3 years ago

    Should you do anything if you see someone being attacked?

    Would you get involved if you saw someone being attacked, and hurt, or killed?
    Why or Why Not?

  2. cathylynn99 profile image77
    cathylynn99posted 3 years ago

    i would call 911 right away. once i intervened in a domestic violence situation in my apartment complex. the super had already called 911 as the woman had been screaming in the parking lot. her eye was badly swollen. i told her husband she needed medical help. he seemed to understand and left her alone. after the police took him away, i collected contact info from witnesses and gave it to her. i don't know what eventually happened.

    1. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
      MonkeyShine75posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      But the person could be killed in the meantime, if you took the time to call 911, would you help the person yourself in that instance?

  3. lisavollrath profile image95
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    I'd dial 911, while shouting to stop, but I probably wouldn't physically get involved.

    1. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
      MonkeyShine75posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.
      Why not, for physical, or spiritual reasons and beliefs?

    2. lisavollrath profile image95
      lisavollrathposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm a 5'3" woman over 50 years old. Chances that I could make a difference by intervening physically are minimal.

    3. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
      MonkeyShine75posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Oh I agree, but I bet if someone was going to kill someone, even though we are small, our instincts would be to help especially if it was a loved one, and I think we'd try

  4. fpherj48 profile image78
    fpherj48posted 3 years ago

    This creates a multitude of scenarios, options, and situations to consider.
    If I am witnessing a child being attacked by an adult or even a bigger, older child~as long as a lethal weapon is not involved~ I would act immediately to come between the child & his/her attacker, while calling out loudly for help.  A child in danger seems to me to have an immediate need for some sort of intervention, while still using common sense.
    If possible I would call 911 & report as calmly & detailed as I could, in order to summon police & emergency personnel.
    If the attack involves 2 adults or perhaps more individuals (as in a gang-type fight) protecting my own safety, I would call for help and observe as closely as possible in order to assist law enforcement in understanding the chaos.
    Keeping a level head, which may be difficult, is of utmost importance so as not to cause more harm to more people...including ourselves.

    1. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
      MonkeyShine75posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Those are some pretty good answers, thanks

  5. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
    MonkeyShine75posted 3 years ago

    I guess I worded my question wrong, and now it's too late to edit it.
    I was looking more for the issue of getting involved with a situation such as someone being attacked, and possibly killed.
    If you are religious do you feel it would be okay to use force to save someone's life even if it meant hurting, and possibly killing the attacker first

  6. Buildreps profile image87
    Buildrepsposted 3 years ago

    Yes, I always get involved in this case. First dial 911 or whatever. And if you have to deal with an offender on your own, who is not in the mood for any reason, find stones, a piece of iron or a stick or whatever to stop the violator. Anything you can find to defend.

    BTW, I don't mean to play a hero. Just be practical in any situation.

  7. dashingscorpio profile image88
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    It really depends on the circumstances.
    If you're outmanned it makes no sense to go charging into a situation where you could end up getting hurt or killed.
    Use your cell phone and dial 911.
    If you're in great shape with self-defense skills and feel you have a great angle to intercede and there are no weapons being used then it may make sense to physically get involved.
    Knowing the facts might effect whether or not one jumps in as well.
    In our society we tend to make the assumption that the person getting beat down is the "victim". (Hypothetically) For all you know this guy may have raped or attacked the daughter of the father who is beating him.  There are lots of variables to consider but calling the police is the best bet. Most of these instances aren't a matter of life and death.
    .

    1. MonkeyShine75 profile image75
      MonkeyShine75posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, out numbered is too much, and even if you are fit it won't stop a bullet, if he has a gun, but if there is no gun, I would want someone to try to help me..thank you

    2. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Everyone would want help if (they) were being attacked. However I also can understand why people are reluctant to risk their lives for total strangers. Even the police would advise you not to jump in.

 
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