This is a comment by Transhuman on the post “Providence Girl Beaten While Neighbor Videotapes“.
Men being called on to be protectors is gone along with the 20th century. Men, simply because of their sex, face false accusations, public shaming, imprisonment and long-term loss of income if they intervene in something like what this article describes. When men are deliberately discouraged, by women, from pursuing employment that puts them in contact with children, the idea that a man would deal with girls who are strangers to him is naive to say the least.
It is easy to say you would intervene when you don’t understand what you can lose from what you think is a normal act of a responsible adult. Even if you get a day in court, that too costs you money and your reputation will be slurred in the media regardless of the outcome of the trial.
Consider what occurred concerning the two women jumping the counter at McDonalds and the outrage directed at the man who defended himself and his co-workers against their criminal assault. Sure, he was cleared of wrongdoing after being shamed by the media and losing his job.
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