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Karen is the actress who played the abused woman in the park, and she says Tammy's bravery moved her to tears. "Initially, as an actor, I can separate myself from my roles. But after five hours of being berated, no one stopped. It was impossible to separate myself from this role I was playing," Karen says. "When [Tammy] stopped, she was the first person that saw that I was a person in distress and not 'these people in our park.'"

According to John, bystanders react differently in this scenario depending on the race of the couple. "We've tried this with white couples before, and we never heard people say, 'Take it somewhere else,'" he says. "They told the African-American couple, 'Look, this is neither the time nor the place.' In other words, 'It's okay if you beat her in the privacy of your home.'" John also says bystanders are more reluctant to stop when the abuser is African-American.
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Published on January 01, 2006

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