Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention

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  • hey I just wanted to let you know today's Rebecca's birthday so a few of us are going to dinner.
  • sounds like fun! what time are WE going?
  • actually, the girls just wanted it to be us tonight, I haven't hung out with them alone in a while.
  • so what i'm hearing is, you don't want me to come??!
  • no, that's not what I said John, i just wanna spend some alone time with my friends, its her birthday.
  • WITHOUT ME??!!! HOW RUDE.
  • The story starts out with the characters acting like a healthy, normal couple, talking about their plans for the evening. 
  • yes, but it's just for the night, I will be back soon
  • NO. YOUR NOT GOING OUT WITHOUT ME.
  • The conversation starts to go down hill when the girlfriend tells the boyfriend how she wants to go out alone tonight, without his company. He immediatly jumps to conclusions saying she doesn't want him there.
  • YOUR A HORRIBLE GIRLFRIEND! I HATE YOU.
  • I am sorry, I have to go
  • After the girlfriend calmly explains her reasoning to him, he starts to yell and scream at her. This happens in all relationships, but it can be a warning sign if it consistently happens and its always the same person yelling, while the other is calm. Another warning sign is that the boyfriend feels the need to go wherever his girlfriend goes, without giving her space after she asked for it.
  • I am sorry to be crying right now, hes just so mean to me whenever I try and go out alone. He screamed at me and said he hated me.
  • You don't have to apologize for crying. I am so sorry that happened to you. Are you okay? Feel free to talk about this to me whenever.
  • Another huge warning sign is that the boyfriend feels that he has control over the girlfriend and feels that he can tell her when shes allowed to go out.
  • This is an example of verbal abuse. After the boyfriend tried to control where she went, she didn't listen and left. Then he called her a horrible girlfriend and said that he hates her, which is verbally abusing her.
  • The friend in this situation did a good job as a bystander because she helped comfort her and let her know that she's available to talk about the situation and cares about what is going on.
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