By Ayo Aruwajoye
What would you do if you were being abused?
What would you do if your friend or a family member was being abused behind closed doors?
What would you do if you saw a complete stranger being abused in a public place?
Let’s say someone was being harassed about their sexual preference because they were Gay or Lesbian, what exactly would you do?
Would you turn and act like you don’t notice because “it’s none of your business”? Would you attempt to help but then back off when you get scared too, or would you do everything in your power to help that person?!
People are put in scenarios everyday where they have the chance to change and possible save someone’s life by helping them and sticking up for them but they choose not to!
I watched videos from a show called, What would you do, and I was shocked by how many people were witnesses to someone being harassed, sexually, physically and emotionally abused and did nothing. Many people turned their heads and acted like they saw nothing. Later on when some of them were questioned about why they didn’t do anything they replied,” I didn’t know what to do!”
Imagine later that night after that you witnessed someone being aggressively abused and did nothing you’re watching the 10:00PM news and you see the woman that was being abused is now pronounced dead because she was shot by her abusive boyfriend. How would you feel then?
Even though the scene I just painted is extreme, it happens every day and every day we have an opportunity to make a change in someone’s life!
Start standing up for people when you see their in danger or need help the statistics for people being abused and hurt is too high for people to witness this and not do anything. Every time you stand up for someone you have a chance to SAVE THEM, you’re making a statement that what’s going on right now is NOT RIGHT and it has to be STOPPED. You’re refusing to be put in the category of people that “DID NOTHING” and you’re willing to RESCUE someone that needs to be rescued!
Watch some on the video’s I found on YouTube about things that happen every day to people where they need someone to stand up for them and then ask yourself, “WHAT WOULD I DO?”