Alleged Rape at Keith Urban Concert

Latest Report Is Sad Commentary on Society

I have never been more ashamed of country music fans than I am right now.

Ashamed and, honestly, infuriated.

Not just because there was an alleged rape happening on the lawn at a Keith Urban concert near Boston. But because there were, according to the Boston Globe , onlookers.

Onlookers. Bystanders. Witnesses. Essentially, people watching this violence happen to a 17-year-old girl. And even worse, they were seen taking photos and videos of the rape.

The newspaper is reporting that an 18-year-old man was allegedly “on top of the victim on the lawn at the Xfinity Center as bystanders took photos and videos of the alleged assault on their cellphones,” according to police reports.

What finally stopped the attack was another female concertgoer, who pushed the man off the victim. He has since been arrested.

That same Saturday show (July 26) was the one reported on earlier , where ambulances from five different communities had to come and take 22 people to area hospitals and more than 50 people were taken into protective custody.

What I always want to know in a case like this is who is raising these kids? Who is giving them the idea they are so invincible, that the rules don’t apply to them?

And would anyone think any kind of assault — sexual or otherwise — would make a good video? What kind of an audience will actually watch this incident and think, “LOL”?

When these kinds of people put videos like this on social media, do they think the rest of the world can’t see them? Because we can — and so can the police.

Of course, the overwhelming majority of country fans are good people who have a sense of pride, decency and self-respect. Unfortunately, all it takes is a few bad ones to change the way the world views the genre.