The pictures and video appeared on Instagram and other online sites showing a man performing a sex act on a 20 year old co-ed.
But cops say not a single person stopped to offer help.
The sex act took place on the sidewalk of a public street in Athens, Ohio.
The student newspaper, The Post reports after the pictures went public the woman filed rape charges.
Police in Athens easily identified the man and they say he is cooperating and saying the sex was consensual.
Police say their challenge now is to determine if the woman was too drunk to consent or was a willing participant.
The Athens News reports either way the chief of the university police was not happy with the crowd.
"What is more disturbing are the social implications of what it means for someone to have been standing there watching this thing happen, videotaping it with their phone instead of getting involved and trying to help the victim."
The chief was also upset with some of the reaction to the pictures and video that were put online.
"There have been some real examples of some victim-blaming behavior," he noted.