WHAT IS BYSTANDER APATHY?
Bystander apathy is a symptom of the bystander effect. The bystander effect occurs when bystanders do not intervene when watching someone be victimized or otherwise in need of help. For example, bystanders witnessing a child being forced into a car by a stranger might not intervene to help or contact the police. The apathy of bystanders is a significant contributing factor to the bystander effect. This effect has been heavily documented, and there have been several well-publicized incidents of it, including an instance in which no bystander intervened to help murder victim Kitty Genovese.