So...check out this video of a mother duck forcing her ducklings to jump down a high ledge onto a concrete walkway:
Ouch! I found it painful to watch.
The Mom Duck is just doing her thing, but I've seen similar videos where a kindly bystander finds a plank or other mechanism to give the baby ducks safe passage. (Some perfectionists, and I'm not kidding, would call that "cheating.") Here the bystanders don't, and I wish they had.
Whenever you witness yourself or someone else being disempowered try to create additional options.