This weekend while in Bluffton, SC I witnessed an adult(?) male beating a young girl between the ages of 4 and 6. In full daylight in front of the Kroger's while at least 2 dozen people of all ages, gender and races milled about and ignored what they saw.
While many stopped and stared,they did nothing... even after I walked towards him screaming, hey, hey, stop that, I said stop it!I got some strange looks, and was amazed that even after I dialed 911 and was asking several people what the name of the shopping center was no one, not one single person came to this child's aid much less mine.I walked within 10 feet of this man while he loaded first the toddler and then the baby he carried in his arms into the van.
As he walked around it, I did too as I was describing him as I did so and his car too. I wanted to be sure that if it happened I could identify him.I never became concerned for my own welfare and regret that I followed orders and did not attempt to block his exit with my car or approach the woman who later joined him; instead I walked and half ran following him through the parking lot until he pulled out of sight.
Alas the local police did not catch him but did put out a bulletin to detain him if they caught him (he had out of state tags).I wondered why in the world we (society) even bother to teach our children what to do when approached by a stranger when we can't even protect them from their own parents!!! (Sorry, need to vent here).
This incident left a great impact on me, and I have kicked my self over and over for not doing more... I thought I'd lay it on ya'll and see what you thought and what you'd do if faced with this situation... fire away.Camella