S3 E7 Should Being a Bystander Be a Crime?
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Season 3, Episode 7
- May 15, 2023 12:00 pm
- 52:50 mins
We all like to think we’d help someone in danger, but too often people stand by because they’re afraid to intervene or assume someone else will do it. Should it be a crime to be a bystander? What if you don’t witness the harm, but you suspect it’s happening, and you’re in a position to intervene? Does failing to stop the abuse make you an enabler? In this week’s podcast episode, we explore the impact of people choosing to stand by or enable abuse. We learn about an effort to pass laws that would put people in jail if they fail to help. We also hear from a young man whose heroic intervention on a subway platform went viral, and we discover how to resist the urge to be a bystander and become a helper instead. Podcast Guests: Aya Hibben, undergradute student in political science and pre-law, University of Utah, Research Assistant for The Bystander Initiative Amos Guiora, professor of law, Founder of The Bystander Initiative, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah Bryce Demopoulos, pre-med student at Cornell University, viral helper Elizabeth Svoboda, Author of “What Makes a Hero: The Surprising Science of Selflessness” and “The Life Heroic: How to Unleash Your Most Amazing Self” **This episode is part of Season 3 on Top of Mind: Finding Fairness. From health and immigration to prisons and pot, how can we get more peace and prosperity for all?