Atlanta University Center students joined together Tuesday afternoon for a silent protest at Spelman to speak out against the silencing of rape victims. Students are calling for Morehouse College to acknowledge the rape culture that exists on campus and make changes. Shortly after an anonymous student @RapedBySpelman detailed a story of sexual assault committed by four Morehouse students after a party and racked up over 1800 followers in under 24 hours, the #RapedByMorehouse hashtag was created.
While some expressed their discontent, as Morehouse Professor and CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill put it, the hashtag is simply a call to end rape culture and it shouldn’t be regarded as a universal indictment. Most Twitter users are posting in solidarity with the anonymous student though, including fellow students, alum and people who have no affiliation with either institution.
— ree botts. (@reeciology) May 4, 2016
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
— Fallafel (@FarajiDC) May 3, 2016
— Black. Queer. God. (@Adamant_Yves) 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, 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.”