Most people, when given a hypothetical scenario of coming across a rape or murder on the street, would like to think they’d be one of the folks to act on what they see and put a stop to the violence. It’s been proven more than once, however, that not everyone is so altruistic, as proven by this social experiment from the NormelTV YouTube channel, which specializes in public pranks.
“Sadly, we live in a country which has the highest rate of reported cases of rape… Rape is a very serious crime which not only affects our country, but the rest of the world, and it can happen to anyone. Not only does it traumatize the person being assaulted, but it effects us all as a society. It happens in a count of minutes, but leaves a scar for life.”
The social experiment takes place in snowy Sweden, a country that ranks No. 2 on the global list of “rape countries,” according to the Gatestone Institute. In the video, a red hatchback vehicle is parked on the side of the road. As pedestrians pass by, the sounds of a woman screaming and being beaten emanate from the inside–a clear sign of a rape in progress. As the video goes on, some folks turn their heads in alarm, but continue walking anyway. More often than not, however, pedestrians walked by without so much as an acknowledgment. According to the video, “about 85 percent walked away from the scene and didn’t even call the police” in the social experiment.
The entire video wasn’t gloom and doom, however, as it highlights that 15 percent chose to react differently to the potential rape. Most who reacted knocked on the window of the car, opened the door, and dialed the police when greeted with the shady man inside the vehicle. One duo, however, didn’t wait to ask questions and proceeded to pummel the man on the ground, unaware of the social experiment. When asked about their reaction to the potential rape, one man’s response is quite inspiring.
“It could be anyone. It could be your mother, your sister or somebody you know. It could be your friend, it doesn’t even have to be someone you know. You should react anyway to make society a safer place.”
What do you think? How would you react if you came across a car with a potential rape going on inside? Would you turn your head and walk away like 85 percent of people in this social experiment, or would you confront them or call the police? Let us know your thoughts below!