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What Happens When Women At Historically Black Colleges Report Their Assaults

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These stories were orginally posted on Spelman's Facebook account. We were high school sweethearts in Kentucky. We met at church and began dating while Shaun was in his senior year of high school. As fate would have it, I wanted to attend Spelman, and he planned to attend Morehouse before we even met! He was accepted and left for Atlanta while I finished my last two years of high school. We miraculously managed to date long distance for two years until I received my acceptance letter and joined him in Atlanta after my high school graduation. We got married my junior year at Spelman.

While it acknowledges that a previous study found that black women were more likely to report sexual assaults that occurred on college campuses, the incidents most likely to be reported were those in which the perpetrator was a stranger or in which the victim and perpetrator did not share the same race.

Both founded in the late s at a time when black Americans were barred from enrolling at traditionally white institutions of higher education, they sit side by side at the bottom of the Atlanta University Center and are each home to around 2, students.

Spelman provided much of the inspiration — and background shots — for the idyllic, fictional Hillman College in the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. Spelmanites live on a gated campus from which male visitors must leave by p. They wear white dresses or skirt suits to formal college ceremonies, though students today say that pants are also allowed, but generally discouraged.

Pearls are optional. Students at both colleges have questioned these traditions, arguing that they force young black men and women into complacency with a society that already oppresses them.

In one, the SpelHouse community is a place that upholds the politics of respectability in order to propel students into positions of power normally reserved for white people. In the other, the community is meant to cultivate and unify the next generation of black social activists. And few issues are as emblematic of the conflicts at the two institutions over the politics of respectability versus those of resistance as the issue of sexual violence.

The night of Jan.

He told her he had just gotten cable, so she lay down on his bed to watch TV. After a few minutes, he reached over and put his hand down her pants.

He told her he would listen, but not long after, he tried again. A week later, on Jan. Melanie knew that by reporting, she risked ruining the image of a Morehouse Man. Under Title IX, a school must inform students who report an assault of their right to request a criminal investigation alongside disciplinary intervention, and cannot prevent them from doing so.

Here to give us the inside scoop on dating at HBCUs is Kevin Cox. The only thing that separates Spelman from Morehouse is a parking lot. A Spelman woman is like no other. We love our Men of Morehouse, have the confidence of Beyonce and are proud to be a Spelmanite. The Spelman-Morehouse connection was close. We got a Morehouse brother in Freshman year. Spelman-Morehouse students often dated.

But Melanie said officers from both of the colleges told her to add a separate, final statement at the end of her incident reports. I refuse to prosecute at this time. It also helps the College to avoid corporate scandals and to avoid harm to business operations from preventable legal matters. Coleman did not respond to requests for comment. Like many campus sexual assault survivors, she was upset that the school had made her feel as if she were to blame.

They never met in person, and only spoke once by phone. His report was delivered in an email from Coleman 10 days later, on Feb. His main dispute was over whether he technically penetrated Melanie during the encounter, as she maintains he had. He did not respond to requests for comment. Under the Jeanne Clery Act, colleges are required to keep a log of all reported campus crimes.

Recently, the University of Southern California came under fire for allegedly failing to comply with the act by misclassifying sexual assaults. Melanie came to Spelman from a small, predominantly white town expecting to join a community where black women would be not only supported, but also in control.

Ferguson did not respond to requests for comment.

There is a long-held tension between Spelman and Morehouse — and nationwide — over how to address acts of sexual violence against black women by black men. Ina Spelman student reported being gang-raped by four Morehouse students, which spawned tough talk at Morehouse about the unacceptability of abusing women. Ten years later, intwo Spelman students reported that they had been individually raped by Morehouse students. In two highly publicized cases in springthree Morehouse basketball players were accused of gang-raping one Spelman student, while a football player allegedly raped another.

People within the AUC and beyond quickly took to Twitter to air their opinionswith many rushing to defend the men. If there's the threat of rape, if there's the innuendo that rape could occur, that's too much. Given the U. They're the moving targets. At Spelman, students must balance the ostensible empowerment that comes from being on a campus full of young black women with the expectation that they nevertheless align themselves with the interests of their brothers next door.

Bill Cosby and former Spelman College President Beverly Tatum inthe year he was keynote speaker for the college's commencement. One of the most painful examples of the ways in which Spelman struggles to navigate the bonds of brother- and sisterhood played out in public over the past year, as the college was forced to go through the process of cutting ties with Bill Cosby in the wake of the dozens of sexual assault allegations against him.

It funded a prestigious humanities professorship and a brand-new academic center. Though Spelman suspended the professorship in Decembertwo months after comedian Hannibal Buress reiterated long-standing allegations against Cosby, the school did not terminate it until last July, after a deposition in which Cosby admitted to giving women quaaludes surfaced in the New York Times.

Current students say this tension is also clear in incidents beyond sexual assault. At the time, Morehouse had refused some students entry to classes and events.

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What are we going to do to stop this? She has persisted, however, to continue to tweet about sexual violence at SpelHouse.

But everyone is victimizing the black woman, and where is that narrative?

It's nothing we can just sweep under the rug. Victoria Hall, a year-old who graduated from Spelman in Decemberhas also gone through the frustrating process of reporting a sexual assault at SpelHouse.

Two years before Melanie reported being raped, in MayVictoria reported her own assault at the hands of a friend from Morehouse who had invited her to his dorm for a study break.

At the time, Morehouse had yet to begin referring Title IX cases to Coleman or using independent investigators, so reports of sexual assaults were addressed directly through hearings with the College Judiciary Committee, a board that comprises a combination of nine students, faculty members, and staff members. They were ignoring Spelman. They were acting like it wasn't happening.

On Oct. She was also an assistant to the dean of the chapel, and would spend many nights alone in the spacious single the role afforded her in Bessie Strong Hall, the picturesque house behind the chapel that featured prominently on A Different World. But my impression of women from Spelman through my experiences has led me to view the institution, its mission, its ability to execute its mission, and its students and graduates as being the embodiment of Black excellence.

Which is curious because I can see my sons at other institutions than Morehouse, though it would be my sincerest desire for them to attend my alma mater, and stay in my dorm room, White Hall And because I was already in the level classes as a freshman, this professor and our lack of class and that walk to Morris Brown were going to be part of my life for four years so I was like bishwhet and naw before hashtags were a thing.

Like most Spelman students who are assaulted by a peer from Morehouse, Melanie was raped on the latter's campus, so her own college had. Yes, girls who prefer to date other girls. And yes this also applies to Spelman and Morehouse who are thought by many to have “everlasting. Though they were dating other people, Curtis and Daria remained connected University Center (AUC) to celebrate their 5-year Spelman/Morehouse Reunion.

So I just took some acting classes instead. Cross registration at Spelman was just another Tuesday for me and my life. So to Spelman College and her students and alumnae, I praise thy name too.

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I always have and always will. He's pretty fly for a light guy. You can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking all her brown liquors.

Spelman College grad Lori Robinson was stunned when she returned to from her alma mater accused four Morehouse men of sexually assaulting her. “Any opportunity there is to talk about sexual violence and dating. We met at church and began dating while Shaun was in his senior year Throughout our time at Morehouse and Spelman, we became good. Yesterday, April 11th, was Spelman College’s Founder’s Day. And I, for one, am thankful that the founders saw fit to create this institution of higher learning that has honestly done almost as much for me as my own alma mater, Morehouse College. I did not go to Morehouse College.

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