@RapedAtSpelman Sets Off Debate on Sex Assault

May 5, 2016

A new Twitter account, @RapedAtSpelman, has angered many students at Spelman College and Morehouse College, two elite historically black colleges with adjoining campuses. (Spelman is a women's college and Morehouse a men's college.) The account on Twitter, which cannot be verified, says it is by a student at Spelman who was raped by four Morehouse students at a party and then found herself ignored or discouraged by college officials from pursuing the case. Mary S. Campbell, the president of Spelman, went on Twitter to invite the anonymous author of the Twitter account to contact her. Campbell also released a statement in which she outlined steps the college was taking to prevent sex assaults.

"I know that members of our Spelman community join me in expressing heartbreak and outrage over the incidents and experiences recounted on Twitter," Campbell wrote. "Because the Twitter account is anonymous, I tweeted an invitation to @RapedAtSpelman to reach out to me personally so I, and the college, can provide full assistance and support. We continue to follow leads to identify the victim to offer our help and services."

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