Moral courage is about looking and listening. Not looking away or even walking away. Because an emergency or a threatening situation can happen anywhere. On the street, at the bus stop, at work, in the park - everywhere in public space.
Even small acts can make a big difference!
No one has to be a hero and risk their life. Quite the opposite. Prudent action is called for without endangering oneself. Everyone helps within the scope of his or her personal possibilities. With small deeds and clear words. Calling the police with your cell phone, for example. Immediately speaking up in the event of an insult or injustice. Statistics show that in 2018, over 1,131,088 cases of street crime were registered nationwide. Civil courage can be an effective way to prevent some of these crimes.
Finding oneself in the middle of a threatening situation surprises and overwhelms many people. In addition, people quickly become afraid that they don't know how they can actually help. And then they prefer not to. It is also possible that the emergency situation is not even perceived by other people, one is simply under time pressure or is too comfortable, since others could take care of it. Ultimately, there are many reasons why help is not forthcoming. But what if you yourself needed support and were in a predicament? You would gratefully accept any help, no matter how small. Wouldn't you?
Rules of moral courage:
- Do not put yourself in danger!
- Observe the situation closely and, if necessary, act from a distance.
- Call the police at 110.
- If possible, act before the situation comes to a head.
- Ask others for help and get support.
- Take care of the victim.
If you need help yourself:
- Make a loud noise to draw attention to yourself.
- Address passersby directly, e.g.: "You with the red jacket, help me!" and ask for concrete help: "Please call the police."
- Clearly indicate your emergency: "This is an emergency."
- Address the offender "Stop it!"
- If you have your cell phone handy, call 911.
- Use the element of surprise. Do something the offender is not expecting. It depends on the situation. Unfortunately, there is no patent remedy for this.
With a film, the WEISSE RING wants to encourage people to intervene properly when they see people in distress. For the production of a film we would like to collect donations to finance the video technology including camera expertise.