Can I be honest with y’all? I’m so tired of reporting about rape stories. They take a lot out of me mentally and emotionally. So yesterday, when I stumbled across the story about a new Twitter profile with the user name @RapedAtSpelman, I skimmed the story but decided not to report on it.
It was one we’d heard before.
Similar to one I’d discussed briefly just a few months ago. There are plenty of stories in which the needs, even the urgent ones of Black women, get pushed to the back burner for the mere comfort of Black men.
But today, when I read all of the tweets from the account, including one that said, “The Dean also said that Superman and Morehouse and brother and sister so I should give them a pass,” that I realized I couldn’t ignore it.
The problem is too big, there are too many women’s lives and safety at stake and far too many boys and men who still need to be educated about rape and rape culture.
And really, I don’t have to tell the full story, they were all laid out there in the tweets.
When the tweets started gaining traction across social media, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman, issued this statement to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“Our hearts go out to this student and I want to personally offer her our full support and assistance. We are a family at Spelman and we will not tolerate any episode of sexual violence. 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.”
Many people tweeted in solidarity for the anonymous young lady, even asking that the all male HBCU issue a statement on the allegations.
As of now, they have yet to do so. And in their silence, #RapedByMorehouse became a hashtag, sparking an intense discussion online.
There were those who wondered why rape wasn’t being associated with predominately White and Ivy league institutions. Again, proving the point that the reputation of the institution was more important than a young woman having been violated to the point where she can no longer attend the college she once loved.
Thankfully, this student’s tweets inspired a demonstration on campus with several Black women who were fighting for the end of rape culture on college campuses.
Hopefully their efforts and the attention they draw to this international issue will result in some policy and mindset changes.