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Signs accusing students of rape posted a Spelman, Morehouse colleges

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Jarring signs were placed throughout the campuses of Spelman and Morehouse College Wednesday, accusing students of rape. Other signs accuse the schools of covering up sexual assaults, and it's all quickly moved online.

The signs were placed in plastic to protect them from the rain. They said things like, "No More Secrets," "Morehouse Protects Rapists - Spelman Protects Rapists," and some of the papers had names of male students and the organizations they are involved with.

Students also braved the rain and lined up outside the campus police station to demand officers take action.

National statistics show one in five women, and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, but it's believed 90 percent of those can go unreported.

Spelman College senior Micaela Harris was glad to see the signs.

"It's very often where victims stay silent and are kept silent, so I think it's beautiful whoever put those posters down," says Harris.

On its website, Spelman College has a statement saying in part, "The College is committed to combating sexual assault and harassment on campus...Our efforts in this area are focused on prevention of these acts and are directed at every member of the college community."

Students tell CBS46 both campuses have programs in place to address sexual assault awareness.

"People do come in and tell stories about how you will be held accountable if this happens, and what is rape, what is not rape, what is considered inappropriate conduct, so I do know that occurs," says Morehouse senior Christian Myrick.

"There are support groups, there are discussions, there are marches and talks and everything about it, so I think Spelman sisters try to keep each other strong going through these type of situations," says Harris. 

Digging through Spelman College crime statistics, the school reported only one rape since 2014, and only two reports of dating violence since 2016.

Students say the signs popping up on campus is a reminder to everyone.

Spelman's president posted a public letter to the community specifically addressing the signs, saying in part, "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 College also released a statement, which is provided below:

"At Morehouse College, we will investigate all claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence, and discrimination filed with our Title IX Coordinator. Our Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures guidelines provide for disciplinary action, including dismissal, if any student or faculty/staff member engages in inappropriate behavior. 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. 

"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. 

"We encourage anyone who has been impacted by sexual harassment or assault on the Morehouse College campus to come forward and file a complaint or to use our anonymous complaint hotline." 

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