It's too bad that active non-violence is not more widely taught in our society. It seems that most readers see only two possible courses of action—confront the shouter or don't get involved. A third course is to place oneself between the girl and the shouter, with your back to the shouter, and engage the girl in welcoming, reassuring conversation. The goal is to isolate rather than to engage the shouter.
We need to stop being afraid of being called "socialists" and start being afraid of having to live on dirt floors. That "redistribution of wealth" the GOP screams about every time ending the Bush tax breaks for the rich comes up has already taken place only its the middle class that has been fleeced!
Not only is this proposed legislation anti-women and scientifically ignorant, it is down right purposeless. How is putting women in jail after they've experienced one of the most terrifying events that can happen to a female going to help anyone? It will take away mothers and wives from homes, workers from offices, and fill up prisons which will not provide the medical and mental support these women need.