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Four students from Morehouse College have been arrested and charged in connection with two separate sexual assaults. The athletes, basketball players Chukwudi Ndudikwi, Tevin Mgbo and Malcolm Frank, football player, Lucien Kidd were all arrested and charged for allegedly holding an 18-year-old Spelman student against her will, drugging, assaulting and raping her.

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We reached out to Spelman and Morehouse for statements, but at this time, neither school cannot legally speak on this topic. However, Morehouse has released a statement, explaining the steps they take with their students after learning of a tragic incident like this one:

ATLANTA, May 1, 2013  In March, there were two alleged assault incidents involving Morehouse students.

After the information was brought to the attention of campus police, the suspectswere identified and arrested.

While we cannot speak to specifics of these cases, our policies and procedures call for disciplinary actions against students who violate our code of conduct and the law, up to and including dismissal from the College.

Morehouse has a zero tolerance policy related to violence of any kind. Violence is the very antithesis of the Morehouse ethos and the values of a Morehouse Man.

Morehouse College police are working with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and will continue to do so until these cases are resolved.

Rape in college culture is often an issue that is so hush-hush. Think about it–if colleges were to fully acknowledge the rapes that happen on campus would be the worst kind of public relations for any institution of higher learning.

According to Crisis Connection, every 21 hours, a woman is raped on an American college campus. What’s even more sickening is that of the rapes that occur, only 10% of them are reported. God bless this Spelman student who’s brave enough to stand up and speak out against these athletes. Obviously victims find it difficult it speak out because of the stigma attached to victims of rape. Sadly enough, society tends to blame women who are raped, or worse yet, challenge their truths.

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