#Bystander Abuser

Consider the horrific case of David and Louise Turpin; A neighbor of the Turpin family allegedly said when he would come home from work at approximately 12-midnight he saw Turpin children from an open window on a couple of occasions marching back and forth for hours inside their home. Another neighbor allegedly said she saw the children on a regular basis gardening after 10-PM on weeknights.

When there are eye-witnesses or bystanders to harassment (sexual or otherwise) and those individuals chose to say or do nothing are they abuse enablers? Does saying nothing normalize abusive behavior?

Remember Billy Bush, the infamous former Access Hollywood and TodayShow host that was on the bus with Number 45 when a lewd conversation was allegedly recorded on an open microphone. Bush’s silence has been interpreted by some as complicit.

Regarding complacency here’s a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King:

“Those who do nothing while witnessing injustice and wrong-doing do worse than those who commit acts of injustice.”

It takes courage to stand up and say something when you witness an act of injustice.  I applaud those courageous individuals that standup for injustice and say something.

#Bystander Abuser – When an individual see’s somethings wrong but do nothing to stop it.   

 

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