Trigger Warning: Sexual violence, rapeLast night, an user account under the name "@RapedatSpelman" appeared on Twitter detailing an alleged sexual assault at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. The account quickly amassed more than 1,100 followers in under 24 hours and sparked a discussion about sexual violence on college campuses.
This is my freshmen year at Spelman and my last year because I decided to leave after what happened to me.— Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016
I went to a party with my friends there were alot of people there and it was really fun so we decided to drink with the upperclassmen. — Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016
surrounded by 4 Morehouse students who took me to another room and took turns raping me. I was in shock about what had happened.— Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016
When I got to the meeting with the Dean and Public Safety they asked me what was I wearing, why did I seperate from my friends, & why was I — Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016
in my life. I got so depressed that I wanted to take my own life and I started to self-harm. I don't want to be at a school that does not— Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016
Spelman has taught me to be a free thinking woman and also to be a woman who has to keep her mouths closed to protect her "brothers". — Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016“Our hearts go out to this student and I want to personally offer her our full support and assistance,” Spelman President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell said in a statement provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We are a family at Spelman and we will not tolerate any episode of sexual violence,” she wrote. “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.” In addition, many people tweeted in solidarity with the anonymous account and agreed that something must be done about how we view and talk about sexual assault as a community.
If the #RapedByMorehouse hashtag bothers you then urge the school to do something about the rape — Jumpman (@Younglionking7) May 3, 2016
My experience at Spelman was something I am eternally grateful for. However, her story comes as no surprise to me. 💔 #RapedAtSpelman — Sienna Shakur. (@ohthtscute) May 3, 2016However, a debate on Twitter wouldn't be complete without those who try to derail the conversation. Instead of trying to support the victim in this situation, a number of people were more concerned with the Morehouse brand being soiled by the publicity.
#rapedbymorehouse gotta be the dumbest shit popping right now. Yal ready to burn yal whole house down instead of the ppl who accountable — Long Live Bookmen (@itsjustinhunter) May 3, 2016in the AUC, but is about addressing and reforming the pervasive rape culture that surrounds all of us.
Men decrying #RapedByMorehouse on the basis of individualism need to sit down. It's about the system that privileges & protects assaulters. — Brandi Miller (@BrandiNico) May 3, 2016
The schools Image was more important than a victim of assault so yes #RapedByMorehouse is appropriate you don't have to like it.— Baethoven (@Equal_Lefts) May 3, 2016
The outrage over #RapedByMorehouse is a clear example of protecting brands over people. — J. ❦ (@LeKingJay) May 3, 2016
I need my Morehouse brothers and sons to understand that #rapedbymorehouse is a call to end campus rape culture, not a universal indictment.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 3, 2016
As @Morehouse alum, I don't see #rapedbymorehouse or #rapedatspelman as attacks but calls to hold our administrations accountable — Fallafel (@FarajiDC) May 3, 2016Regardless of how you feel about the manner in which the message was delivered, there's no denying that this is a conversation that must be had, and we must give credit to the brave survivors that are able to break their silence and share their stories.
#RapedByMorehouse #RapedAtSpelman spent protest going live right now. Today we interrupt. pic.twitter.com/iBSiblzIiK — Avery. (@Philosavery) May 3, 2016