Anonymous Twitter account sparks gang rape probe at 2 colleges

Investigations have been launched at two elite Atlanta universities following the detailing of an alleged rape by an anonymous Twitter user. The anonymous poster claims she was a freshman at Spelman College when she was raped by four Morehouse upperclassmen at a party. She said she filed a report with the dean and with public safety but didn’t hear back from the school until a month later. She said she was then told by the dean that Spelman and Morehouse were “brother & sister so I should give them a pass,” according to a tweet. Spelman, a private women’s college, and Morehouse, a men’s college, are both historically black colleges in the Atlanta area, akin to brother-sister schools.

Morehouse College president John Silvanus Wilson Jr. said that “the information anonymously shared on Twitter was our very first indication of this incident,” and that the school’s Office of Campus Safety is investigating the claims. Spelman College president Marcy Schmidt Campbell has asked that the voice behind the @RapedAtSpelman account come forward so that the school can offer its support.

Students, meanwhile, have been engaging in silent protests on their campuses and posting to social media using hashtags #RapedAtSpelman and #RapedbyMorehouse, condemning what they call a culture of impunity and victim silencing.

Read the full story at NBC News.


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