An experiment carried out revealed how strangers respond differently when witnessing domestic violence depending on the aggressor’s gender.
A clip filmed at a London park with hidden cameras shows a male actor assaulting his girlfriend in front of bystanders, who instantly rush to help.
The male actor is told somebody will alert the cops if he continues doing that to her before an onlooker tells the woman that she does not have to put up with that as the man is not worth it.
The same thing is then performed with the same actors, but this time, the aggressor is the woman, assaulting him.
But rather than reacting with shock, no one witnessing even tries to help the man. They, in fact, appear somewhat amused by the unfolding drama, stopping to watch and to laugh regarding it.
The footage was captured three hidden cameras on 16th May for the ManKind Initiative, a charity located in Taunton, Somerset that aspires to offer support for male victims of domestic violence.
The video was captured just days after the multi-millionaire rap magnate Jay Z was kicked and punched by Solange Knowles, who is Beyonce’s sister, during a fierce confrontation in a New York lift.
In the clip filmed on CCTV, Beyonce’s sister lashed out on numerous occasions with her legs and arms and at one point seemed to kick Jay Z. His wife Beyonce looked on during the assault.
The ManKing Initiative runs a nationwide violence helpline for men and released the footage as part of its # Violencels Violence campaign on Twitter.
The charitable trust alleges 38% of domestic violence victims are male. Approximately 7.1 % of women and 4.4% of men were projected to have suffered domestic violence in 2013.
It said figures have also disclosed that in 2012/13 more cohabitating men and married men suffered from partner abuse compared to married women and cohabitating women.
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