Twitter Photo Of Public Sex Is Rape; Or Is It? Ohio University Student Says She Was Raped [REPORT]

A picture of a man seemingly having oral sex with a woman outside a bank was posted on Twitter, but now the woman in the photograph says it was rape -- that she was a victim of sexual assault and no one helped her, the New York Daily News wrote. But a website that apparently saw the video said the sex appeared to be consensual.

The Ohio University's Athens campus said people continued to upload photos of her while she was being raped. Yet according to the Daily News, bystanders who posted the viral image to social media were shocked and found humor in the act that was unfolding in front of them.

The man and woman are reportedly in their early 20s. They leaned against a Chase Bank window on Saturday night, which is a block away from the Athens police station, while the man had oral sex with the woman. The photos seem to have been since deleted online, with at least one of the uploader’s deleting his Twitter account since the story went viral.

Though the pictures might have been deleted online, there’s apparently a video and it looks like the sex was consensual, TotalFratMove.com reported. Twitter user @TFMTechGuy apparently obtained 1:27 video from a “friend of a friend” and the website said many people have seen it.

“The male was clearly providing oral sex to the female. Generally speaking, the two appeared to be willing participants who were, frankly, enjoying themselves,” the site wrote. “At one point in the video, the female put her right hand on the back of the male’s head while he was engaged.”

"Two different times in the video, the male looked around at different onlookers and exchanged words with them. This was in response to jeers they hurled at the couple.”

Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle was shocked that all people did was take pictures of the incident, but he added that perhaps they didn’t really know what they were watching. "The community at large views this as they watched and witnessed a sexual assault occurring, and did nothing but watch," Chief Pyle told 10tv. "But the flipside of that is that they may not have realized what they were witnessing."

But OU Senior Allie Erwin told the news site there is no excuse for not helping the young woman. "All that needed to happen was to say, ‘Hey are you alright? Is this what you want to be happening?’” she said. “She obviously wasn't OK with what happened. It was rape. She reported it to the police as rape."

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