Twenty-five-year-old Maria Besedina was exiting a N.Y. subway train when a man attacked and raped her in full view of the token-booth clerk, who did nothing. Last week, a judge tossed out her lawsuit against the MTA, whom she accused of ignoring her pleas for help and allowing the rape to take place.

Transit-authority policy in New York is for workers not to leave their booths, instead calling the command center to notify the police, who in this case arrived 10 minutes later, after Besedina had already been raped twice and held over the tracks.

No matter what the official policy, could you stand by and watch this happen to another human being?