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Staff Editorial: Is the ‘Bystander Effect’ Really an Excuse?

Nearly 20 bystanders at the scene of the gang rape of a California teen are all to blame.

For nearly two hours, a 15-year-old is gang raped, and subsequently beaten in a dark alley near her high school by roughly 20 of her peers. Some of the perpetrators participate in the heinous act, while others observe. A couple of spectators have the nerv…