The Power of Bystanders

by: Elizabeth N.

In 1964, Kitty Genovese was raped and murdered outside of her apartment complex where 38 neighbors watched from their windows, and did nothing. Thirty-eight witnesses. Thirty-eight bystanders.


Those thiry-eight showed a lack of acknowledgement of the situation, and, because of their ignorance, Kitty Genovese died. Most people who read “Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call Police” most likely thought: “they were safe in their own homes; they could’ve just simply called the police.”

The past is unchangeable, but now, we should focus on what we can do now and in the future, to prevent the past from repeating itself.


On Earth, human civilizations have had both positive and negative, and happy and sad events in history; to overpower the dark side, humanity would have to gather together, rise up, and defeat the enemy. Thus, if you witness something, do something. You don’t have to place yourself in danger or do something that is outrageous. All you have to do is simple as pressing the numbers “9-1-1.” Don’t let Kitty Genovese, and countless other victims, die in vain.