J’s got your back!

This story was submitted by ‘J’

I was a young, female college student weighing about 105 # in Cambridge, MA, many years ago, walking in Harvard Square with several male friends. We passed a brutal attack on a young man about 10 feet up a hill: he was on the ground, and 4 or 5 other young men with boots on were kicking him, including in the head. I looked to my male friends, and they said, “Leave it alone, they’ll just hurt you.” I was shocked, and ran at the scene shouting ,”STOP THAT! You’re going to kill him!” The attackers ran off, and only then did passersby stop and start to help the victim. What an experience. Maybe all it takes is one person willing to intervene, to mobilize others.