Authorities have reported that a woman travelling on the SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) train car had been raped by a man after she had rejected his advances towards her. During which, none of the passengers seemed to have helped the woman nor called the police but rather stayed and watched, with some also filming the incident.
The incident went on for eight minutes. An employee of the SEPTA was the first to call the authorities as he witnessed it on the surveillance cameras.
The man has certainly been arrested and charged for rape and assault, however, the authorities have questioned the behaviour of the passengers who stood by and watched. Pennsylvania, apparently does not have a “good Samaritan law” to see what would happen to these people and so it is unclear what kind of liabilities they will face by the authorities.