Unnerved and stripped of her confidence, the woman seemed reduced to a quivering semblance of a terrified child! It was one particular case of a public confrontation that saw a nineteen-year-old girl step into the heat! Was it a wise move? When facing public confrontation, at times it’s easy to ignore or walk away in fear of a possible backlash, but is it the right thing to do? The confrontation was ugly, but the nineteen year-old-made a move, what happened next? But first, how did hell break loose?
1. Husband Turns Aggressive.
The furious insults from David onto his wife Lorraine suddenly drew everyone’s attention. The couple was out shopping when David suddenly turned aggressive. It seemed neither anger nor fury was what pained Lorraine the most, it was the bare truth that she was being humiliated in public. She felt as if a burglar had entered into her innermost being and stole her only precious treasure, her pride!
2. A Red Flag For Domestic Violence.
Venting anger or fury on your partner publicly is definitely a red flag of a possible domestic violence. At times you can be strongly compelled to intervene, but at times you feel like completely distancing yourself from the ugly scene. What’s the most appropriate thing to do?
3. Deliberate move to humiliate his wife.
‘Just cut the crap and stop crying!’ David furiously shouted at Lorraine when he noticed tears dangling precociously from her eyes. ‘Go ahead and announce to the whole world about our problems.’ David shouted, keen to humiliate her. ‘You’re starting to remind me of your nagging mum; I shouldn’t have married you. ’ David yelled at her.
4. Knowing How And When To Intervene.
Chances are if you have guts to intervene, either the victims may end up being physically abused when they return home with their perpetrator or worse still the perpetrator may vent their anger on you.
5. Devastating Impact Of Humiliation.
‘Though verbal abuse may not cause physical injuries on a person, but it does break a person’s spirit,’ Lorraine seemed to understand. She seemed beaten and dejected by the hurting words that David continued to spill on her.
6. Indecisive Young Man.
His anger escalated, erupting like a fresh volcano. He even went ahead to make fun of her as four young men passed by, ‘you mother must have given birth to you on a highway because that’s where many accidents occur!’ One of the four men stops, turns around and steps forward. Was he going to intervene?
7. A Choice To Walk Away.
He stared at the couple for a moment, and it seemed on second thought he stepped back and re-joined the other three men. They kept on walking. At not such a far corner a young lady stayed keen on what was transpiring between David and Lorraine. Would help but dropped a bombshell of insult after another. “Do you see why it was so easy for me to cheat on you?” He said.
8. A Young Lady Intervenes.
Once the very first drop of tear had broken free from Lorraine, the rest of the tears had followed in the un-thwarted stream. Lorraine couldn’t stand the humiliation anymore. She took quick steps to get away from David, but as she walked away, someone grabbed her hand. It was a young girl, compelled by pain a fellow woman chose to step in.
9. A Call For The Woman To Demand The Respect She Deserves.
‘Do not allow him to torment you like that.’ The young lady driven by compassion addressed Lorraine. ‘I don’t even know you but don’t let him treat you like crap, you are more than that.’ She said. David stepped forward and grabbed Lorraine by the hand threatening to take her away, but the young lady would have none of such nonsense.
10. Young Lady Standing Her Grounds.
The young lady with a steely glint looked right into David’s eyes and told him, ‘she is going nowhere with you.’ With a commanding stare, David instructed Lorraine to follow him, but the young lady would have none of it. ‘You dumb idiot, you get going, and I will catch up with you in the car.’ He says.
11. Fear of a perpetrator’s backlash
The young lady’s mother stepped in with a hand to help. ‘You do not have to go,’ she told Lorraine. Despite the best efforts of the two ladies, Lorraine stepped aside, walked passed them ready to follow her husband. ‘I understand how you feel and your concern to help, but you are too young to deal with such a case.’
12. Firm Decision Made By The Lady To Intervene
‘This could get ugly,’ the young lady’s mother expressed her fears. ‘Let the men take care of the situation. It needs someone older with enough experience,’ she tries to persuade her daughter to stop meddling in the couple’s business. But the young lady turned a deaf ear to her mom insisting that she is no longer a child. Without any sign of remorse David rudely interrupted, ‘you should be done, let’s go.’
13. Attention Of Other Shoppers.
The young lady remained firm on her decision not to let Lorraine go with her abusive wife. ‘My dad works with the law enforcement unit, and I am calling him to come here right now, ‘she said. That got the attention of other shoppers, and they started getting involved.
14. Just an act from ABC’s What Would You Do?
The entire scene is an act from ABC’s What Would You Do? David and Lorraine are but actors. The next scene could even be more dramatic with Lorraine in tears confronting the young lady, more or less as in a reality show.
15. Martina Amazed By The Act.
John Quiñones, the host of the show, reveals himself. Martina, the 19-year-old girl, having been the only one to stand up to the abusive ‘husband,’ was left in tears.
16. An Act Of Bravery.
Lorraine comfort Martina for standing up against domestic violence amidst many people in the store who chose to either walk away or ignore the couple. She was saluted for her bravery despite being just only 19 years old.
17. What Would You Do show.
The show secretly captures how the public reacts to life scenarios such as arguments and criminality using hidden cameras. The objective of the show is to analyse how the public reacts when faced with such scenarios.
18. Relating To Real Life Scenarios.
Martina has then commended Martina for her brave action since the show was aired in 2016. Though this may have been a fake scenario, but it is a clear indication that there are still some good people out there.