Howard University students demonstrated outside of a residential dormitory on Tuesday where a woman said she was raped by a fellow student.

The female student discussed her assault on social media, explaining she was disappointed with the lack of action from the university.

However, when other women chimed in to discuss their assaults, the hashtags #RapeAtHoward and #takebackthenightHU were born. Another student also wrote a blog post outing the accused rapist.

After the student’s tweets went viral, Howard University issued a statement about the controversy.

Recent tweets have been posted regarding the alleged sexual assault of a Howard University student by another Howard student.   The University administration took immediate action as soon as we learned of this matter.   While we are not able to discuss the specifics of any ongoing investigation, we are and have been actively investigating all reports that have been made to us.  These cases cannot be adjudicated through social media without compromising the integrity of the investigation.

Howard University takes matters of sexual assault very seriously.  As part of our commitment to a safe campus environment, we continue to refine and enhance our Title IX protocols and procedures consistent with best practices and federal regulations. This is further supported with ongoing prevention education, collaboration, training and campus engagement.

Follow the #RapeAtHoward and #takebackthenightHU for more information.

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