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No appreciation for the good guys anymore

Tell me if this is fair. My friend is facing assault charges for standing up for a woman.

He was at a bar with some friends (me included), and we all saw this guy harassing this lady. At first, it was a little pathetic, and it made for some fun entertainment watching him flub around trying to pick her up. He was full of bad pickup lines and really bad jokes, and she could really roll her eyes.

The night went on, we lost track of the two of them, but a few hours later, outside the bar, we saw the guy getting a little aggressive with his game. He was getting a little handsy when she clearly didn’t like it, and there was just something about him that suggested he wasn’t going to let it go.

The rest of us, shamefully, were going to just leave them alone. Looking back now, I don’t know why that is, perhaps we all just don’t like conflict. Amazingly, it was my friend, who’s the quietest of us, who went up and did something.

The rest of the story tells itself. The guy got offended. He got mouthy. My friend pushed him to get him to go away. The guy tripped and hit his head. Police got called. My friend got arrested.

Now, he needs a lawyer to defend him so he won’t go to jail or something just for being a decent person.

What kind of country are we living in where the guy who saves a girl from some harasser is the one dealing with charges?

I’m hoping the girl feels the same way and tells the police what’s up. I’ve tried to speak up, and I gave a statement, but I didn’t get the impression the guy taking it was particularly interested. I suppose friends come in and defend the actions of their friends all the time.

It’s a real nightmare, though. My friend was supposed to be going off on a big trip in another week, hence the night out, but all that’s been canceled now so he can stay here and take care of legal fees.

I tell you, this is what comes from trying to be a good Samaritan. You stick up for people, and the system sticks you.

Perhaps I’m being too cynical. Maybe it’ll all work out okay, and he’ll get a parade at the end of this. It’d have to be something like that to turn this into a happy ending after all the pain he’s been through.

Imagine, he spent the whole night in a jail cell, and I haven’t heard one thing about that harasser dude who appears to have gotten off scot-free.

What a world, right?