What is happening to our society?
Social Distancing is the new normal.
And while we are starting to live normal lives, or as society is trying to learn how to live with the virus, many of us are back reporting for work, many of us are going out of our homes, and many of us are taking the trains and back on our streets.
But as we ride public transportation, so are the criminals and bad people.
A woman's train ride got her assaulted.
Disturbing content, please be advised.
I still am afraid to go out, luckily my work doesn't require me to go out, but not everyone is as lucky.
When I read this story over at CNN, I can almost see her face, the woman who was raped, assaulted on a train while others ignored her plea, and some may have even watched, took videos, and shared it on social media.
The alleged rape occurred on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Market-Frankford Line Wednesday night and was a “horrendous criminal act,” SEPTA said in a statement. The public transit authority said other people on the train saw the incident and did not alert authorities.
The pandemic didn't stop crime or bad people from assaulting women and children. But I can't wrap my head how can this happen in full view of other train passengers, and not one tried to help, shouted or called for help until it was too late, the woman got raped.
The Market–Frankford Line (MFL) (also called the Market–Frankford Subway–Elevated Line (MFSE), the Market–Frankford El (MFE), the El (/ɛl/), or the Blue Line is one of three rapid transit lines in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a quick look on Wikipedia, will give you this information.
It says it has over 180,000 boardings on an average weekday. The rape happened on a Wednesday night.
It is the busiest route in the SEPTA system.
Why did nobody come to help the woman?
“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911,” SEPTA said. “SEPTA urges anyone who observes a crime being committed or any dangerous situation occurring to report it. Anyone witnessing an emergency should immediately call 911.”
And while the suspect was apprehended, the people on that train failed to report as it was happening.
It took a SEPTA employee to report the incident and called 911.
What is most disturbing is that the people on the train, some with phones in their hands, are said to be turning their phones in the direction of the woman being raped and assaulted.
“Anybody that was on that train has to look in the mirror and ask why they didn’t intervene or why they didn’t do something,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told CNN on Monday. “Collectively, they could have gotten together and done something.”
According to court documents, the suspect was identified as Fiston M. Ngoy, 35, who had preliminary arraignment last Thursday on charges of rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and more.
Unbelievably strong woman. — Upper Darby police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt
Ngoy remained jailed Monday on $180,000 bail on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and related counts.
There was a movie that starred Gwyneth Paltrow. The film is about "what if" and "what if not," that one moment of riding a train or missing it.
That one act would change what happens next to the lead character, but in Philadelphia, it wasn't a movie, and no woman should ever feel "what if" and "what if not," the woman should have been able to take the train ride safely and back to her home.
Some people witnessed the crime as it happened, and their reasons for not doing anything, we can only assume what was on their minds. Still, the people who did something took their phones and recorded everything while doing nothing have also committed a crime, like the homeless guy who raped the woman. They, too, took part in his crime.
What is happening in our society as we try to start living normal lives? Is this what we have become after surviving the pandemic?
Have we become monsters?