Finally! Rashad wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. When the angry backlash came, she sent out a follow-up tweet expressing her support for victims of sexual assault. “I definitely don’t want to be harsh about their experience with my post. I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong consequences. My sincere wish is for them to come out to the top.”
In a letter to Howard University, she reiterated her support for victims of sexual assault. My comments were not about them. I am absolutely against sexually abusive behaviour.” The actress promises from now on to “actively listen” to criticism. She will also do everything she can to be a “best ally” for victims of sexual assault.
Howard University said in a statement Thursday that it will distance itself from her comments. “While Dean Rashad acknowledged in a second tweet that victims should be heard and believed, her original tweet was narcotic for victims of sexual assault,” the university said. “The personal opinions of university executives do not represent Howard University’s policies. We will continue to advocate for victims and their right to be heard.”
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