We Still Don’t Know If the Rape on the Train was a Classic Rape or a New Rape

It really is totally insane that you hear the word “rape” and you have no idea what it means.

I mean, imagine if they started calling slapping “murder.” Then you heard that “someone was murdered on a train” and you didn’t know if they were killed or slapped.

Words are supposed to have meanings. The word “rape” used to mean “grabbing a woman and holding her down, beating or choking her until you could insert your penis into her vagina forcibly.”

Now, rape can mean literally anything. From the Harvey Weinstein trial, we know that after having sex with a man multiple times, you can then go to his bedroom, take off your clothes, lay down in his bed, and then be “raped” by him without resisting or saying “no.” Effectively then, “rape” just means “any form of heterosexual sex that a woman decides she didn’t like.”

I think if we’re going to say that effectively all sex is “rape,” then we need a new term for what most of us picture when we hear “rape.” Like, it should be called “classic rape,” like “classic rock.”

Or, it could be called “rape classic,” like when they invented all those new forms of Coke, so they called the original Coke “Coke Classic.”

Anyway, there should be a word. There have to be words for things. When you start removing the ability to communicate, you create confusion and apathy. Right now, consent theorists have hyped up all of these new forms of rape as being the same as Rape Classic as a way to manipulate people, but they’ve ended up making people not care about rape.

So listen: I have no idea what this “rape on a train” was.

But from the way they’re talking about it, it seems like it was a classic rape.

I will certainly say that Fiston Ngoy fits the profile of a “classic rapist.”

But what was happening?

Was the woman screaming?

Was he holding her down and choking her?

What are the details of the event?


Prosecutors pursuing the case against a man accused of raping a woman on a commuter train last week don’t anticipate charging fellow passengers for not intervening, a spokesperson for the suburban Philadelphia district attorney said.

“It’s still an open investigation, but there is no expectation at this time that we will charge passengers,” said Margie McAboy, spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.

In an emailed statement, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said prosecutors want witnesses to come forward, rather than fearing prosecution, and said, “Pennsylvania law does not allow for the prosecution of a passenger who may have witnessed a crime.”

Everyone is just thinking about the series finale of Seinfeld.

(They all get put in jail for witnessing a crime and not intervening.)

Authorities continue to investigate the Oct. 13 attack, where a woman was repeatedly touched and groped over the course of a 40-minute ride despite trying to push 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy away, according to an arrest affidavit that detailed the surveillance footage from the train.

Investigators say Ngoy ripped the woman’s pants off and proceeded to rape her for somewhere between six and eight minutes before officers boarded the train and detained him.

Police declined to say how many passengers may have witnessed the assault, but have said it appeared that some held their phones up in the direction of the assault seemingly to film the attack. Police have also declined to say whether investigators have found any photos or videos of the attack posted online.

Requests by The Associated Press for surveillance video from the Oct. 13 attack on the Market-Frankford line have been denied, citing the ongoing criminal investigation. It remains unclear whether passengers actually witnessed or recorded what happened on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train.

Yeah, now see – that’s what makes you wonder.

If there is video, it is easy to blur it out.

I mean – a 6-8 minute penetration after ripping off pants on a crowded train… people standing around doing nothing and filming it… and she’s doing what? She’s screaming for help? Is he strangling her so she can’t scream?

I guess the assumption is that it was other black people on the train, who would film it and yell “Wirrrrlsterrrrrr.” Black people have a more variant perception of sex/rape than whites do. If the woman was screaming for help, blacks would be more likely to laugh than be outraged.

But we just have no way of knowing what happened here. The word “rape” is too meaningless.

What it sounds like is that the woman was passed out drunk, and wasn’t really resisting, and was maybe laughing or otherwise showing approval. That seems the most likely thing that happened.

The other blacks on the train would have been saying “oh yeah, he gettin’ up in dat, yeah boy.” Meanwhile, any whites who happened to be there would be disgusted (rather than outraged) by what was actually more like “public sex” than “rape classic.”

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said Wednesday that at points during the rape, there were passengers standing or sitting nearby, though he couldn’t guess whether any understood the serious nature of the situation.

Chief (Thomas) Nestel made his best estimate that 10 people were walking through, sitting or standing near where the attack was occurring at points throughout the assault,” Busch said. “Our hope is that people will realize when they see this type of activity, whether they fully understand it or not, that they will push the emergency call button or call the police. There really was no way to not see it even if they didn’t fully understand.”

Legal experts said unrelated passengers don’t have a legal duty to intervene under Pennsylvania law.

Unless they have a legal duty to intervene, like a parent for their child, a person cannot be prosecuted for sitting back and doing nothing,” said Jules Epstein, a law professor and director of advocacy programs at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

“Doing nothing may be morally wrong, but in Pennsylvania, without that special duty relationship, it is not legally wrong,” Epstein said.

Court records show Ngoy has a history of arrests and convictions under at least three names in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and suburban Southeastern Pennsylvania counties including public intoxication, defecating or urinating in public, public disturbance and other charges.

In D.C., Ngoy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse in November 2017 under the name Jack Falcon, after police said he groped two women on the street near a homeless shelter where he was staying.

Frankly, public sex is just as offensive as a rape.

These immigrants come here – this guy was from the DRC (which the AP neglects to mention) – and they just think this country is a free-for-all.

I guess they’re right.