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Chapter 3: Good Intentions Can Get Lost
The story of Kitty Genovese was one of my first “Aha!” moments when thinking about bystanders in bullying situations. When I heard about the story, it was the first time that I really began to understand that the problem of bystanders is not exclusive to schools or exclusive to children. Those two realizations became the catalyst for my seeking to understand the complexity and vastness of bystanderism.
Kitty Genovese was the product of the classic American dream. She was the eldest daughter of a middle-class Italian American family. When Kitty was 19, her mother witnessed a murder, so her family moved from Brooklyn to the suburbs of Connecticut. Kitty, however, chose to stay in ...