While many of us would like to think that we would step in and help a stranger in need, it’s hard to know exactly how we’d react until we’re put in that type of situation.
That’s why these YouTube stars devised an important social experiment to see how people would respond when stumbling upon a man beating up a woman.
It’s a tough subject, abuse, and the YouTubers didn’t know how this experiment would pan out. Their video has gained more than 17 million views and it’s easy to understand why…
According to statistics, roughly 20 people per minute face abuse caused by their significant other in the United States. This means that thousands of people every day are forced to feel alone.
Many of them don’t know what the next steps are to escape. As if that wasn’t startling enough, more than one-third of the female population and one-fourth of the male population will face this in some fashion during their lifetimes.
These statistics are also true in countries all over the world. That’s why these YouTube stars created this social experiment.
They set up a camera hidden behind some shrubbery along a busy running path and waited for a group of people to approach. That’s when the male started to push, shove and “hit” his female partner.
They wanted to see who would step in and help and who would steer clear of the confrontation. While many people simply walked by the scene, several kind people did the right thing.
When a group of good Samaritans saw a man viciously beating an Oklahoma woman in a parking lot, they intervened and stopped the atrocity from becoming a murder scene. And while this took all the guts they had, what they did ended up being called heroic, as millions of people tuned in to watch the abuse all caught on video tape.
The entire heroic intervention was captured by a bystander and shows a group of men approaching Douglas Beckham, 52, after he violently batters a woman in broad daylight with a flashlight.
Scroll down to check out the shocking footage and to see how these Good Samaritans intervened to stop abuse!
After the men hear the abused woman sitting in Beckham’s pickup truck bed scream, “Call the cops,” they spring into action.
As the men approach the agitated Beckham, he threatens them and urges them to turn a blind eye.
- “Stay out of it guys!” he shouted. “Stay out of it!”
- “What are you going to do?” one of the individuals shouts back.
- “Stay out of it!” Beckham shouted again.
- “What are you going to do?” the bystander pressed.
- “Stay the f*** out of it!” the man replied.
- “What the f*** are you going to do b****?” the bystander countered. “Huh?!”
That’s when the man tells another person to call 911. And Beckham tries to start his truck and run away with the injured woman still in the open truck bed. He just doesn’t care about the woman he vowed to be a good husband to.
But the good Samaritans chased the abuser down, opened his door, and physically confronted the coward [All caught on video].
Eventually, the man drove his truck into the group. One of the bystanders jumps onto the truck bed and smashes the back window. That’s when Beckham hightails it out of there.