You see a man screaming at a woman and a child in public, and things look to be escalating toward violence. The woman uses her body to protect the scared child. You wonder if you should intervene, and if so, how? What do you do?
When participants at a Juneau workshop on Thursday were asked what would prevent them from intervening in such a scenario, the list was lengthy.
“Fear of him,” one woman said.
“I don’t want to make it worse for her and her kid,” another called out.
“Not knowing what to say,” a third person added.