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Would you get involved if you saw someone being assaulted?  My son recently tried to break up a fight at a restaurant, between two guys, and when he tried to break them apart, the one guys buddies assaulted my son.  He was extremely battered.  When he decided to press charges, the police told him that he may be charged for assault as well, even though he never threw a punch, and was on the ground getting kicked and beaten.  So ladies, do we now, as citizens, not interfere if we see a person being beaten, for fear of being charged ourselves?  What the heck is this world coming to?

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That reminds me of the “Good Samaratin” blog I posted a while back.  

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When you have attorneys on television encouraging people to sue over every single thing.....it’s greed....then you have now created a monster when it comes to helping others in need.

But that is what a lot of people want......they want a reason to sue...or they want someone to blame.  

That is sad about you son.....


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      UK Girl wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • In the UK sadly this has been the norm for some time ....

      The papers are filled daily with stories of people going to help and then being arrested or charged for trying to help - its a sad indication of our times




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • It is sad.  Like seeing someone fell down, if you help, later they may sue you for making the matter worse.  It is a catch.  I will still go for the justice and righteousness.  It will pay off even the evil ones try to stop the good humanity.  

      As for your son, I think a good legal counsel will help.  Also check with your homeowner insurance, I think I once read that may cover.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • I really can’t say what I would do.  It would depend on the situation....where I was...etc.  In some cases I would and others I wouldn’t.  It’s really not a clear cut decision.  You have to assess the situation first.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • That reminds me of the “Good Samaratin” blog I posted a while back.  

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      When you have attorneys on television encouraging people to sue over every single thing.....it’s greed....then you have now created a monster when it comes to helping others in need.

      But that is what a lot of people want......they want a reason to sue...or they want someone to blame.  

      That is sad about you son.....


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      Cynthia Cavoto wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • I am sorry your son was hurt trying to do something that is decent and human.  I hope he recovers quickly.

      Yes, it is such a sad way that we live these days.  Being afraid or hesitate to do the right thing because of “reprocussions” is so aweful.  

      It seems as if we are sending the message that individuals can basically do whatever they want. Is that really accepting and allowing it?  Of coure not.  But that’s how it seems in today’s world.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • It always depends on the situation, but for the most part, I’m the sort of person who will step in.  At the very least, I always have my cell phone to make the 911 call, although I don’t believe in getting the law involved in every little scuffle.

      I have stepped between two men on more than one occasion.  In every instance it has diffused the situation.  Once I ended up bruised, but my intervention prevented things from escalating to what would have been a big brawl requiring law enforcement.  

      Like Chinadoll said, we MUST go for justice and what is right.




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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • i agree with you all...

      i will say that YES i would get involved, HOWEVER i would also assess the situation...so until im in that situation, i can not honestly say..  

      did i make sence? lol




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Yes Linni...perfectly!!   We can’t say what we do until we are in that situation.




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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Like Lori, I think I’d dial 911. I hope I would!

      You son is a brave young man. It’s not right that he was beaten, but he is brave and should be congratulated for the risk he took.

      Unfortunately, as he has discovered, the law may not back him up. We know of a young man who was in a similar position. The other young man who was attacked died of his injuries, so all involved, even those who were trying to help, eventually went to prison. I pray for better results for your son!




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      Lvn4me wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • 911 had already been called.  He simply tried to defuse the situation with words and paid for it.  Its really sad that you can no longer help another human being, without being charged with something or being sued these days.  

      I am proud of his actions.  He is perusing charges on the guys that beat him.  I’m praying that the system works for him in this case.  

      No one wants to stand buy and watch someone get beaten to a pulp and wait for law enforcement to show up.  Officers didn’t get there until it was all over with.  Sad isn’t it?




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      Lvn4me wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • I agree beachbum.  I should mention that he knew both individuals.  But the people that assaulted him, he did not know, and they did not know that he knew both parties that were fighting.




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      Inakika wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Wow, your son is an unsung hero. How sad that a nice young man like your son could get caught up in this Catch-22 situation.
      As for me, I would have to really understand the situation before I got involved. Like some of the ladies have said, if it were 2 men I would hesitate. I tried to come between my uncle and some guy he was pounding and I got hit in the face! OUCH! Now, an adult and a child, I’m stepping in. A man and a woman, I would get involved. I would always call 911 first. I hate to say this, but if you say you THINK you saw a gun, the cops get there faster.ohhhh Otherwise, a fight might not seem as big a priority to them.




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      Kmarie wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • I would do whatever I could to help if someone is being beaten, whether to get aid, call the polce, break up the fight if I can, but I would do something




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      Psalmist wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • i have gotten involved, and have the scars to prove it.  my involvement usually involves children though. lvn i understand the emotion that went behind your son's reaction and though he may have learned from this incident, if he's anything like me, it won't faze him to jump in again if he sees someone else being abused.  my hat's off to him.




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