Over and over again, innocent people are singled out for attacks, and it’s not unusual for others to see what’s happening.
Even when they’re in a position to help, there are few who dare to intervene.
I don’t know if it’s because they’re afraid of being hurt themselves, don’t want to get caught up in someone else’s problems or simply do not care.
No matter what, we should all be better at helping each other, especially when we see someone in a dangerous situation.
When Arnaud Nimenya, Carsyn Wright, James Hielema and Starlyn Rives-Perez were out skateboarding one night, they saw a man coming down the sidewalk dragging a 15 year old girl beside him.
The man was smartly dressed, but the girl was extremely drunk and in a bad state.
They suspected that something was wrong and decided to go ahead and check out the situation.
The man assured them that everything was fine and that they were on their way to meet the girl’s father.
The guys let the man and the girl continue on their way.
But something still didn’t feel right, and a few minutes later they decided to look for the girl again.
When they caught up with her, they saw the worst possible scenario unfolding before them.
The man was sexually assaulting the girl, CBS reports.
At first the guys were frozen, but as soon as the shock subsided they knew they had to step in.
The man tried to flee when he realized he had been found out. But the four guys weren’t willing to let that happen.
While one of them stayed behind to take care of the girl, the other three ran after the man.
A fight broke out and the man managed to get hold of one of the boys’ skateboards and began attacking them.
Despite the blows, the guys made sure they kept the man in place until the police arrived.
The man was taken into custody and charged with sexual assault.
When the police found out about what Arnaud, Carsyn, James and Starlyn had done, they wanted to honor them for their heroic effort.
However, when the police tried to get in touch with the guys, they didn’t want to answer. They were afraid that they were in trouble for fighting with the man.
Luckily the police did get hold of them and they were honored at the Chief’s Awards Gala in Calgary, Canada.
Thanks to these brave guys, the girl was able to recover and is now doing well under the circumstances.
They really are role models for how we should all react when we see something that’s wrong, even if we’re scared.
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