Signs have popped up on the campuses of Spelman and Morehouse College accusing students of rape, and accuse the schools of covering up the alleged sexual assaults.
The signs included messages like “No More Secrets,” “Morehouse Protects Rapists – Spelman Protects Rapists,” and some even included the specific names of male students and the clubs and organizations they were part of.
A message was also spray painted on a Morehouse administration building, which read: “Practice what you preach Morehouse. End rape culture.”
Several students also lined up outside the campus police station in the rain to demand that something be done.
In response to the signs and the wave of online support, Spelman’s president Mary Schmidt Campbell posted a public letter, saying, “I write to remind everyone that Spelman College has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of violence, harassment or unwanted contact. Our hearts go out to any members of our community who have experienced incidents of violence, harassment or unwanted contact.”
Morehouse also released a statement saying that the school would “investigate all claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence, and discrimination.”
“Morehouse is focused on providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Our priority is to maintain a campus environment that develops young men who are academically excellent, community servants, and leaders in society,” the statement read in part.
“We have programs in place to educate students about sexual misconduct, including the Not In My House campaign, launched to communicate that violence, discrimination, and disrespect will not be tolerated at Morehouse College. We also have a Healthy Campus Task Force, which is composed of students, staff, and faculty members working in collaboration with the Georgia Independent College Association to raise awareness of campus sexual violence and to coordinate prevention efforts. Student leaders, resident assistants, athletes, and campus organizations participate in training that focuses on their roles in spreading the message that sexual misconduct is prohibited and will be investigated.”
— FOX Carolina News (@foxcarolinanews) November 10, 2017
“Practice what you preach Morehouse. End rape culture.” This was spray painted on King Chapel & already being covered up. pic.twitter.com/GVqmSuUYEk
— #SecureTheVag, M.Div (@msbond2u) November 9, 2017