(ATLANTA) — An anonymous Twitter account, which claims to be written by a student at a women’s college, has prompted two investigations into an alleged sexual assault.
The Twitter user, who says she is a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta, wrote the first post on May 2, “surrounded by 4 Morehouse students who took me to another room and took turns raping me. I was in shock about what had happened.”
The user @RapedAtSpelman writes about the alleged assault, which apparently took place more than a month ago, and her subsequent interactions she claims she had with university staff over a series of 12 tweets. She added that she created the anonymous account because she doesn’t believe the colleges would take sexual assault claims seriously and in order to avoid “blame & bash” she believes is often doled out to victims by other students.
Officials from both Spelman College and Morehouse College, which are both historically black colleges, have responded publicly.
“Our hearts go out to this student and I want to personally offer her our full support and assistance,” Spelman College president Dr. Mary Schmidt said in a statement released to ABC News.
“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,” the statement reads.
She also reached out to the anonymous account over Twitter.
The president of Morehouse College also released a statement saying that he “deeply troubled” by the allegations.
“At Morehouse, we take seriously all allegations of sexual assault and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that our students and students throughout the Atlanta University Center are encouraged to report any such incidents,” the school’s president John Silvanus Wilson Jr. wrote.
“Both our Office of Campus Safety and the Title IX Office have been activated to fully investigate the allegations with the limited information that we have,” the statement said, before also calling on students to come forward about any other sexual assaults.
The @RapedAtSpelman account now has more than 2,600 followers.
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