Teen raped at concert as crowd looks on & records video
A teenage girl was reportedly raped in front of a large crowd during a Keith Urban concert last Saturday. Worst yet, several people recorded the ordeal on their smartphones, rather than stepping forward to help the young woman. What is wrong with people?
The alleged assault happened on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. There were approximately 18,000 people in attendance, only one of whom had the decency to step forward and intervene.
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According to local police, the assault ended when a female concertgoer pushed 18-year-old Sean Murphy off of the victim. The woman told an officer on duty she approached the pair when she noticed that the young girl appeared to be frightened and confused. Her suspicions were confirmed when she asked the girl if the sex was consensual and she, allegedly, replied, "no."
Murphy, who ran off into the crowd, was arrested a short time later and charged with rape. In a statement made to the press Tuesday evening, Murphy's lawyer disputed the allegations, insisting that the sex was consensual. According to a police report, Murphy met the under-aged girl at the concert and led her away from her friends to makeout and then some. Police say the girl did not tell Murphy "no" when he moved her away from friends, reportedly because she was scared.
As for the other useless members of the crowd, 20 of them were taken to the hospital for alcohol related illnesses, 50 were taken into police custody, and a reported 15 of them gathered around Murphy and his victim to record what was happening and take pictures. "My friend told me to look over there and there was a couple on the ground having intercourse," explained one lookie-loo. "So we looked at it, and we took pictures and we thought it was consensual."
I'm not buying it. Even if a majority of the people there were terribly intoxicated and thought the pair was engaging in consensual sex, that's not a good enough reason to stand by and take pics. I can understand how some people may be apprehensive to bust up an intimate moment between strangers, but this was a teenage girl and she was in public. As far as I'm concerned, what they were attempting to do was exploit this young girl. And that's just low.
Image via Fox25 Boston
What would you have done if you saw this happening?