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Spelman Student Starts Anonymous Twitter Account to Safely Reveal Rape On Campus

One brave student raped during her freshman year at Spelman College is speaking out about the school’s collective attempt along with brother institution, Morehouse University, to silence her pain. And she did it all anonymously on social media.

The Twitter account called Raped At Spelman surfaced Monday, and the bio reads:

“This page is anonymous because I want to be able to express myself without being attacked by AUC students for what happened to me.”

The student recounts in a few tweets the night of the rape:

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It all started when she decided to go to a party with her friends:

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While she was sick and vulnerable, four Morehouse students took advantage of her:

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Shocked, and alone she tried to find help. But couldn’t find any of her friends, and walked back to campus alone where she went directly to public safety:

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Despite doing everything typically suggested after being raped, the system didn’t do much to protect her. In fact, the typical rape culture blame game began:

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And naturally the victim shaming led the victim to even more harm:
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Then she finished her story by thanking Spelman for encouraging her to be a “free thinking woman” despite their backwards attempts to silence her voice. Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 3.55.26 PM Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 3.55.34 PM

There are so many problems with this story.

First it follows a pattern that exists not just in society where we see rape culture, but more specifically in the Black community where women become sacrificial lambs.

Protecting Black men becomes a priority over the welfare and well being of Black women, so to preserve the integrity of Morehouse men, the schools decided to silence a Spelman woman.

READ: When Will Black Men Ride For Black Women?

Second, this rape narrative is not new—we know this story too well. A girl makes a free will decision to have fun, enjoy a party which is her right only for her to be taken advantage of, violated, and then further blamed by those who are supposed to help her.

Students and alumni at both Spelman and Morehouse have come together to protest in an effort to force both colleges to recognize this crime and do right by the student.

You can follow #RapedByMorehouse and #RapedAtSpelman to keep up with ongoing protests as the story continues to develop.

If you need more information on rape on college campuses please explore more resources here and do not ever hesitate to ask for help.

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.