Please take just a few minutes and read this. Now ask yourself one simple question: Would you have helped this woman?
Would you have said something or done something to defuse the situation? Would you have alerted the police? Or would you have just slunk down in your seat and pretended that it wasn’t actually happening?
If you answered yes, then you are One of Us. You have the courage and strength to provide help to a complete stranger in need. You are Backup.
If you answered no, then — to be blunt — you are part of the problem. You propagate the idea that not only is harassment acceptable, but that the person being harassed somehow “asked for it.”
To the which, we call bullshit. Nobody deserves to have somebody else screaming obscenities at them. Or making lewd comments. Or touching them if they don’t wish to be.
Nobody deserves that. Nobody asks for that. And, quite frankly, the rest of us should not stand for it.
Why do we do this? Because of that woman. And that’s all the reason we need.