Don’t be a bystander! 4 steps to stop bullying and harrassment!

November 14, 2016

Found this on the web by the cartoonist Maril.  Some good advice.

stop-harrassment

[comic by Maeril]

On unisoultheory.com, Maeril is quoted:

Maeril acknowledges that this can be used in a number of scenarios involving harassment or bullying, but states that she wanted to bring focus to Muslims because they have been “very specific targets lately.” She explains further, on her Tumblr post:

“As a French Middle Eastern woman, I wanted to try and do something to raise awareness on how to help when such things happen before our eyes – that way one cannot say they ‘didn’t know what to do’!”

She also suggests a couple of “rules” to prevent escalation of the situation:

1) Do not, in any way, interact with the attacker. You must absolutely ignore them and focus entirely on the person being attacked!
2) Please make sure to always respect the wishes of the person you’re helping: whether they want you to leave quickly afterwards, or not! If you’re in a hurry escort them to a place where someone else can take over – call one of their friends, or one of yours, of if they want to, the police. It all depends on how they feel!

If the attacker turns the aggression on you, Maeril suggests:

“Whatever happens, it’s always safer if both of you leave the area ASAP. If you can’t (eg. the subway is in between two train stations) pick one SPECIFIC person and ask them to help you. “You, sir, with the red scarf! Please help me!” You should really point something they’re wearing so that they feel they’re personally invested into the situation: this contributes to breaking bystander syndrome.”

The important point is: don’t be an “innocent bystander” who fails to act because “you don’t know what to do.”  If the decent majority stands up to the bigoted minority, it will make a better environment for everyone.


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