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20 people share stories of stepping in to defend a stranger in public.

20 people share stories of stepping in to defend a stranger in public.

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The bystander effect is defined as "what occurs when the presence of others discourages an individual from intervening in an emergency," and it results in a lot of horrible situations where a person is bullied, or left sick and hurt without receiving help from passersby.

While the bystander effect is a serious issue, one that many of us have found ourselves on either side of, not all bystanders freeze in public. There are those who see a stranger in need and jump in to help, consequences or awkwardness be damned.

In a popular Reddit thread, people shared stories of times they intervened for a stranger in danger, and it's a good reminder that we all have the ability to step in when needed.

1. From OP:

When I was in High School (about 14) I was cripplingly shy and kept myself to myself, I spent most of my time in the school library to be honest.

One lunch time I was walking across campus when I noticed a huge group of students from all years gathered in a circle around something that I couldn't see - I could hear girls squealing and shrieking and guys daring each other to pick "it" up. I also heard some dickish teenage boys daring each other to squash it or prod it with a stick. I then heard someone near the back of the crowd say it was a disgusting huge frog and they wouldn't touch it if someone paid them.

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