The Bystander Apathy Effect By Kitty Genovese

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On a quiet early morning in 1964, Kitty Genovese was brutally stabbed and sexual assaulted. Thirty – eight of her neighbors heard her cries, screams for help and/or witnessed the attack from their windows and only one of her neighbor’s called the police; a half hour later. The fact that not one person intervene in a timely manner to save Kitty Genovese lead John Darley and Bibb Latane to conduct their own study “ The Bystander Apathy Effect”.
The purpose of The Bystander Apathy Effect (standing by and doing nothing)was to mimic a situation like that of Kitty Genovese’s to find out the reason why people are so reluctant in helping someone in need. The research question they are looking to answer Why are people willing to help in non-emergency
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