In my ethics class we are debating the Duty to Rescue. I want to know your thoughts.
Should this moral obligation to save people be a legal obligation as well?
In other words: should we, as human beings, be legally liable for doing nothing when another human is in peril?
Case Studies FOR being held liable:
- Kitty Genovese - People believe that one of her neighbors called the police, others never even saw her- just heard her, etc. but ultimately, help never came.
- New Bedford Rape Trial (try not to get lost on this one in the rape case itself- its easy to do since this is a horrible, horrible event, but focus on the patrons of the bar who witness and did nothing).
- NYC Man pushed on tracks "spectators" did nothing.
- Lastly, Woman raped on subway, no one helped.
Case Studies AGAINST being held liable:
- Yania v. Bigan
- I don't have any more events or case studies for the AGAINST. Feel free to add your own.
Ultimately: I want your argument for your side. Evidentiary support is ALWAYS a winner. Opinions don't hold much power over evidence.
Just so you know, currently, you, generally, cannot be held liable for doing nothing while someone is in peril. (Unless you are the parent, spouse, police officer, doctor, etc.)
Go get 'em.
Edited by majestictuna, 03 April 2015 - 04:00 PM.