Video of Possible Rape Posted on Florida A&M University's Yeti Feed

Video of Possible Rape Posted on Florida A&M University's Yeti Feed
Source: Screenshot
Source: Screenshot

A video of what looks like someone being sexually assaulted surfaced on Florida A&M University's feed for photo-and-video-sharing app Yeti — Campus Stories on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported, adding that the video "has not been linked to the university or its students. But after receiving a tip from a caller who had seen the Dec. 3 video and recognized the apartment where it was filmed, the Tallahassee Police Department is investigating.

Jezebel describes the video, which has since been removed from the FAMU Yeti feed: 

"The video takes place in a room that appears to be unfurnished, save for a television. A man, wearing a black t-shirt and skull cap, faces away from the camera. He then rolls over what appears to be a passed out or incapacitated woman who is naked from the bottom down and seems to rape her. Meanwhile, a voice behind the camera says, 'Get right.'"

According to a press release from Tallahassee police, "Four TPD patrol officers went to 810 Wadsworth Street to attempt to locate the victim or crime scene. The patrol officers could not locate an apartment matching the room in the video, or any suspect. They also could not find a female victim which matched the description of the woman in the video in or near the complex." Yeti then led investigators to the student who posted the video, whom they questioned, according to the New York Daily News. No further information has been released.

What is Yeti? Yeti found its market when photo-sharing app Snapchat began cleaning its feed of NC-17 content, according to the Daily Dot: "Where Snapchat has an age rating of 12+, Yeti's is a hard 17+. It promises images of 'Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence' and 'Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes,' as well as a fair amount of drug use." Yeti has taken hold on college campuses, where it serves as a platform for posting the kinds of pictures – often pictures of sex, drugs and drinking — that no longer fly on Snapchat. Yeti's director of communications, Ben Kaplan, told the Daily News that the app is used on upwards of 2,000 U.S. campuses, adding that "investigations involving Yeti posts occur 'every few weeks' ... and users do a good job of policing themselves, and ensuring that content is suitable." On other occasions, the actual police do the policing.

In its press release, the Tallahassee Police Department asks anyone with information on the video to call the Special Victims Unit at (850) 891-4200 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS to remain anonymous. 

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Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

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