Sick messages in Warwick University Whatsapp rape chat as victim reveals moment she discovered vile threats by student pals
VILE WhatsApp messages sent by Warwick University students during a rape threat scandal have been revealed by a horrified victim.
Eleven pupils were part of the vile messaging group that saw anti-Semitic and sexist comments made, as well as threats about rape.
A victim has now bravely opened up after discovering her close pals had mentioned her name in the shocking messages.
Chilling posts in the group chat included one fiend saying "rape the whole flat to teach them a lesson", while another read: "Oh god. I would hate to be in the firing line if I had a vagina."
The messages saw one joke: "Rape her friends too. Sometimes it's fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls."
Another added: "Rape the whole flat to teach them all lesson."
While sick message stated: "What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAPE."
The victim, who gave her name as Anna, told the BBC was shown the texts by her housemate, who "laughed" when she asked him what they were about.
She said: "That's when he took me through a year and a half's worth of rape threats."
The sick students had changed their names to serial killers and rapists – with one message talking about abducting a girl then "chaining her to the bed, making her urinate on herself, and then sleep in it".
Anna searched the chat for her own name and was horrified to discover it came up hundreds of times in the explicit stream of texts about gang rape and genital mutilation.
She says the people involved were a "huge part of my life"and later had a panic attack about leaving her parents' home after the Easter Holidays.
SCANDAL EXPOSED ON TWITTER
The student, who had screengrabbed the messages, decided to make a formal complaint to the university and those involved were initially barred from campus for ten years.
But this was reduced to one year following an appeal – sparking outrage at the university and on social media after the group came to light.
Anna said; "I was never given an explanation. We were told new evidence had come to light but I don't know what the new evidence is.
"I was starting to feel like I was going to have to finally drop this… I felt like it was just me and my other complainant against an entire institution that was never ever going to listen to us."
Three weeks later, a victim of the messages went on Twitter to expose what had happened and #ShameOnYouWarwick started trending.
The scandal caused some professors to distance themselves from the university and eventually, it was confirmed in February the two male students would not come back.
RISE IN VILE WHATSAPP GROUPS
Five students in total were suspended – with two banned for 10 years, two excluded for one year and one given a lifetime ban.
But for Anna, who is currently in her third year, it's too little too late and she says she wants to leave Warwick forever.
She said: "The university caused so much pain and so much damage and this is carrying on over a year later.
"The trauma of feeling strong enough to come forward and being punished for that by the university is probably the most damaging part of this.
"I don't want to go to my graduation. I just can't wait to never have to go to Warwick ever again."
Vice chancellor Prof Stuart Croft said he hoped a review into disciplinary and appeals processes would "demonstrate our learnings and help our community to better live our values".
It came amid a surge in sick WhatsApp groups – including at another prestigious university just months before the Warwick scandal broke.
In 2018, a number of Exeter students were expelled over vile messages joking about rape and cancer.
Among them were messages about gang raping female students until they are "lifeless" — while one calls black people "useless tree ornaments".
And earlier this month, rapist cricketer Alex Hepburn was jailed after WhatsApp messages sent to friends in a sick sex "game" were revealed.
The 23-year-old, who raped a sleeping woman, was treated his victim "like a piece of meat" and was "fired up" by a conquest game aimed at sleeping with the most women.
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