An anonymous Twitter account alleging a rape of a freshman Spelman College student by four Morehouse College students is drawing widespread attention on social media, and adding to a growing narrative about sexual assault reporting and administrative response in the Atlanta University Center.
The @RapedAtSpelman account, created last night, publishes details of an assault that took place in an off-campus location. The series of tweets indicates that formal reports were made with public safety and college officials, but that the response was inadequate, and potentially blamed the victim.
After it happened I went to find my friends who had already left the party so I had to walk back to campus by myself. When I got there I
In January, BuzzFeed published a long form feature of Spelman students and alumni reports of rape by Morehouse students dating back to the mid 1990s, and a nationwide investigation of colleges and universities accused of mishandling sexual assault allegations.
Shortly after the release of the story, Spelman officials announced a series of administrative initiatives to ease reporting and investigation of sexual assault charges. Morehouse developed similar programming in March.
Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell expressed personal support for the alleged victim, and pledged full institutional support for all survivors of rape and sexual assault.
“Our hearts go out to this student and I want to personally offer her our full support and assistance. We are a family at Spelman and we will not tolerate any episode of sexual violence. No student should ever have to suffer and endure the experience she has recounted on social media. Spelman is conducting a full and thorough review of these events.”