While many of us would like to think that we would step in and help a stranger in need, it’s hard to know exactly how we’d react until we’re put in that type of situation. That’s why these YouTube stars devised an important social experiment to see how people would respond when stumbling upon a man beating up a woman.
It’s a tough subject, abuse, and the YouTubers didn’t know how this experiment would pan out. Their video has gained more than 17 million views and it’s easy to understand why…
According to statistics, roughly 20 people per minute face abuse caused by their significant other in the United States. This means that thousands of people every day are forced to feel alone.
Many of them don’t know what the next steps are to escape. As if that wasn’t startling enough, more than one-third of the female population and one-fourth of the male population will face this in some fashion during their lifetimes.
These statistics are also true in countries all over the world. That’s why these YouTube stars created this social experiment.
They set up a camera hidden behind some shrubbery along a busy running path and waited for a group of people to approach. That’s when the male started to push, shove and “hit” his female partner.
They wanted to see who would step in and help and who would steer clear of the confrontation. While many people simply walked by the scene, several kind people did the right thing.
The strangers who opted to intervene in the situation were shocked at what they were seeing. Their responses were impressive in the face of perceived imminent danger.
Watch this powerful social experiment for yourself in the video below. It really makes you think, what would you do in the same situation?