"I'm not getting into that" is what a bystander said when he was standing there witnessing a domestic dispute that had turned into a an all out knock out drag down brawl between a man and a woman. This all being witnessed from inside their apartment while the bystander was walking by their balcony,. The brutal attack that was going on inside was clearly visible to anyone on the outside. Seeing glass top furniture being broken as the man tossed the lady around, the bystander yelled, telling the the guy to stop but with the balcony door closed, his cry for the beating to cease fell on mute ears. Once he saw the woman get up and lung back at her attacker, knocking him to the ground and tossing furniture on top of him, the bystander simply walked away. After hearing this story I asked him, why didn't you stop him and his reply, "I'm not getting into that".
Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and women ages 18 to 34 are at the greatest risk of becoming a victim. In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, females are killed by a family member or intimate partner. More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners. Surprisingly, men are not excluded. Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the USA. Pretty alarming statistics and they will continue to rise because in most cases the victim is too afraid to speak out about their aggressor and bystanders make a choice of not getting involved.
Placido Moreno-Torres and his wife, Amparo, were outside their Lehigh Acres, Fla., home about 9 p.m., according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses told authorities they heard the argument and said Vaca did, too.
“In his concern he went to the Moreno’s driveway to intercede and mediate between Placido and Amparo,” “His neighborly act appears to be his only involvement in the matter.” That’s when Moreno-Torres shot and killed his wife and Vaca, according to the sheriff’s office. Moreno-Torres ran away; his wife and neighbor died at the scene of their wounds.
It's situations like this that make bystanders hesitant to get involved but what shall we do, continue to look away and mind our own business? I would have to pose this question to you. What if it were your mother, sister, daughter, or you. Would you want someone to do all they could to help them in a desperate time of need or would you have the same response? Most people would say the same thing, I'm not getting in that.