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Truman helps members pitch, write, and place opinion pieces on national security issues in news outlets around the country. In 2020 we placed over 400 articles in major media, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, and Foreign Policy
Recent pieces are below.

Laws Needed to Encourage Assisting Those in Peril

November 3, 2021

On Oct. 13, Fiston Ngoy allegedly raped an unnamed woman on a train outside Philadelphia while other riders did little to intervene, or even to call 911. Commentators immediately compared this assault to Winston Moseley’s attack against Catherine “Kitty” Genovese in Queens, N.Y., in 1964. That crime contributed to the development of “Bad Samaritan laws,” which impose a legal duty to assist others in peril through intervening directly (“duty to rescue”) or notifying authorities (“duty to report”). These laws, which Pennsylvania lacks, punish bystanders (who passively watch others in need) and encourage upstanders (who actively assist, potentially saving lives). The alleged Ngoy assault, even more than Moseley’s, illustrates the need to enact duty-to-report laws to prod would-be bystanders to become upstanders.

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