Trigger alert: The informaiton in this article and recording is potentially very disturbing, particularly if you have experienced violence or trauma in your life. If that is the case for you, it might be better to skip this Readiness tip.
I detest violence. I deplore it. Still, it is a sad reality of America today.
If you are involved in an altercation, the reality is that you really shouldn’t expect any help. While there certainly are many wonderful people that are willing to help others, there are many who won’t.
Case history; people refusing to help others in need
On March 13, 1964, New York City Police report that, during various parts of the incident, 38 different people witnessed Kitty Genovese being attacked and stabbed to death.
In December of 1993 a young woman in Trenton, New Jersey was kidnapped from a private club. After the assailant pushed the hysterical victim into his car, a motorist pulled over to let him leave the lot. When the assailant returned to the club to retrieve his bicycle, a passerby heard screams coming from the trunk of the car, went over to investigate, but then quickly walked away. No one called the police during the incident or even came forward to talk to them during the investigation.
In Chicago, a 16-year-old honor student was beaten to death with a two-by-four after he apparently stumbled into a gang fight. It was captured on a cell phone video that also showed a large crowd on the scene. No one called for help.
In California, a 15-year-old girl was gang-raped in a schoolyard during a homecoming dance. Police say that over the course of two and a half hours, as many as 20 people saw what was happening. None came forward to help. Some stayed to watch, and police say some joined in.
These horrific stories are all several years old. However, in more recent history these kinds of events have become commonplace. Demonically empowered violent gangs have become more prevalent and while the larger numbers mentioned above may not always be present, it is not unusual at all for people to record an attack on their phone rather than to help an innocent victim in any way. It is a sickening state of affairs.
So today’s Readiness Tip is to take positive steps to learn how to avoid, and if necessary, mitigate violent confrontations because if you do find yourself in one, you very well may be on your own.
There are many things you can do both physically and spiritually to avoid altercations and then to win them if you are left with no other options. Be prepared and be ready.
Dr. Rayphe was has been a student of Personal protection, home security, and various aspects of crime prevention for many years. His years of being in military police, a police officer, Pastoring and counseling ministry has given Dr. Rayphe additional depth and perspective to these issues. As an instructor / Coach Dr. Rayphe is available to assist you with your specific needs in these areas.