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Despite the conventional wisdom that bystanders–particularly those in large groups–fail to help victims under attack, video footage of real-life conflicts suggests that bystanders help victims of aggression in nine out of 10 public fights, according to a study in American¬†Psychologist. Researchers examined closed-circuit TV surveillance video of 219 arguments and assaults in the cities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Lancaster (United Kingdom), and Cape Town (South Africa). In 91% of situations, bystanders intervened in one or more of several ways, including physically gesturing for an aggressor to calm down, blocking an aggressor, or pulling an aggressor away and consoling the victim. The researchers also found that a victim was more likely to receive help when more bystanders were present. They also found no difference in the rates of intervention among the three cities. (Monitor on Psychology)

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