What if you find yourself a witness of a potentially harmful situation. Prevent the bystander effect. Come up with ways to Direct, Distract, and Delegate.
The bystander effect is a phenomenon in which the increased presence of witnesses or “bystanders” during a crisis actually decreases the likelihood that someone will intervene. This is attributed to the assumption by most individuals that someone else will respond, thus justifying their hesitance or refusal to take action.
The key to bystander intervention is the recognition and acceptance that you might be the ONLY one that will act and you should take measures to intervene in the interests of helping someone else, while assessing and taking precautions to protect your own safety and well-being. There are many different ways to safely respond, including the 3 D’s of intervention: