Todd Henneman is a professor of journalism and media ethics at California State University, Long Beach. He has also developed a bystander intervention curriculum at the University of Southern California. He wrote an article about bystander intervention on CNN.com. It was apparently prompted by the release of that 2005 Access Hollywood tape that gotten Donald Trump in a lot of hot water. In the article, Henneman accuses Billy Bush of being the worst kind of bystander because he laughs at most of the things Trump says on the tape, and even seems to agree with some of them. Most of what Henneman wrote in the article made sense to me. But there is one point on which I completely disagreed, that is, when said the responsibility for protecting drunk women from sexual assault should be placed on bystanders, not the women themselves.
On the contrary, women should be expected to control their drinking and not get drunk around potential predators. That's not too much to ask. In his CNN article, Henneman used an example of a guy "feeding" drinks to a woman. I wonder if he put a funnel down her throat and poured the drinks into her stomach. Henneman didn’t say, but that probably wasn’t the case. If she was a grown woman, she could have refused the drinks. Henneman’s unrealistic expectation is nothing but political correctness run wild. Excuse me, but I don't feel sorry for any woman who gets drunk and then gets taken advantage of. Too bad for her. Saying a bystander should look out for a woman who carelessly gets drunk is like telling someone to go ahead and leave their car unlocked with value merchandise in the front seat. Some bystander will make sure nothing gets stolen.