Video of alleged rape was spread on Instagram, Twitter

BuzzFeed was able to capture a still from Twitter of the alleged assault at Ohio University.  Credit: BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed was able to capture a still from Twitter of the alleged assault at Ohio University.
Credit: BuzzFeed

A young woman and student at Ohio University reported a rape on Sunday after her alleged sexual assault was caught in photos and on video over the weekend.

Police in Athens, Ohio, are investigating the alleged rape and officers told the Ohio University Post that they have seen screenshots of the videos. The Post also explained that the university’s definition of consent excludes people who are “asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated, whether due to alcohol, drugs or some other condition.”

A university official told the Post the social media attention after the alleged assault was disturbing and that “there have been some real examples of some victim-blaming behavior.”

The videos spread like wildfire on social media with users writing comments like, “Holy Homecoming.” The images have since been scrubbed but BuzzFeed was able to capture them. They appear to depict a man performing oral sex on a woman on the street.

Allie Erwin, a senior at Ohio University and leader of student group F– Rape Culture, told Metro the incident has divided students on campus.

“Some of us are really angered and disappointed that no one intervened and they just filmed it,” she said. “Their first impulse was to share it on social media and make a mockery of something that was probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. There are other people who saw it as her asking for it and think it’s a joke. Basically they’re slut-shaming her for what happened.”

Erwin said it seems to her that more students are in the latter camp than the former. She also added, “The response on social media is kind of heartbreaking, how harsh and cruel people are being.”

BuzzFeed was able to capture a still from the Instagram video of the alleged assault at Ohio University.  Credit: BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed was able to capture a still from the Instagram video of the alleged assault at Ohio University.
Credit: BuzzFeed

The Twitter account @OU_Confessions, a popular account for Ohio University students sending anonymous confessions, has stopped tweeting after getting flooded with tweets about the incident. It posted a few submissions on Sunday, which ranged in sentiment toward the woman who reported the alleged assault.

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…