The Bystander Effect and the myth of Kitty Genovese

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We plan on discussing, among other assorted things, the bystander effect - made most famous by the 1964 case of Kitty Genovese. Newspapers at the time reported that 38 people witnessed her murder and yet did nothing. This was later proven false, but the fact remains - the more people are present when a person needs emergency help, the less likely any one of them will lend a hand.