Oluwatoyin Salau, a Black Lives Matter protester went missing in Tallahassee, Florida. For days, the police and the entire community made an attempt to find her after she posted a series of disturbing tweets detailing how she was raped.
Olawaoyin’s disappearance sparked a great deal of emotion on social media, with many questioning the media why haven’t covered her case more widely, and some criticized police for, in their view, not doing more considering the number of details that Toyin herself put on Twitter about an allegedly being sexually assaulted hours before her disappearance.
Oluwatoyin Salau, who was a speaker at Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, disappeared on June 6 and was reported to be dead on the 15th of June 2020.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Oluwatoyin Salau Was Classified as a Missing Person
Tallahassee Police have classified Salau as a “missing adult,”
A missing person’s poster released by police stated that she is 19, 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.
“The Tallahassee Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is seeking information on the location of Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau,” the post says. “Salau was last seen on June 6, 2020, in the area of Orange Avenue and Wahnish Way in Tallahassee. She may be in the area of Jakes and Patterson Street. There is no known clothing description for Salau at this time.”
2. Oluwatoyin Salau Wrote a Series of Tweets About Being Raped Moments Before Her Disappearance
“Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.”
On June 6, 2020, on her Twitter page, just hours before she disappeared, Oluwatoyin Salau tweeted that “Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions,”
She said, “He came disguised as a man of God and ended up picking me up from nearby Saxon Street. I entered his truck only because I carry anything to defend myself not even a phone (which is currently at the church) and I have poor vision. I trusted the holy spirit to keep me safe. When we arrived at his house he offered me a shower and I thanked him and shower and he gave me a change of clothes. He exposed himself to me by peeing with the bathroom open obviously knowing I was out of it. I told him about a sexual assault situation that happened…”
Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.
— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Going back to the situation that happened to me this morning, I did not fall asleep. He then asked me if I wanted a massage at this moment his roommate who was in the house was asleep. I was laying on my stomach trying to calm myself down from severe ptsd. He started touching me back and rubbing my body using my body until he climaxed and then went to sleep. Before I realized what happened to me I looked over and his clothes were completely off. Once I saw he was asleep I escaped from the house and started walking from Richview Road to anywhere else. All of my belongings my phone my clothes shoes are all assumably at the church where I’ve been trying to track since I sought spiritual guidance/ refuge. I will not be silent. Literally wearing this man’s clothes right now DNA all over me because I couldn’t locate his house the moment I called the police because I couldn’t see.
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3. Salau Wrote About Race, Police & Other Societal Issues on Social Media
Oluwatoyin Salau’s Twitter page is filled with lot of comments about race, police, and other societal issues “What do white people b tryna escape,” read a recent tweet.
“The media loves to censor black pain for a groundbreaking story there is no middle ground… keep reporting and fact checking stay on y’all toes,”
“Abeg stop using Black as an umbrella term African Americans are being targeted you people want to say Black but when its any other ethnicity you’ll list the whole al pha bet.”
“In this dim ass social age Black could mean anything your fav white celebs get called black and for marrying African Americans will you shut up your mouth.”
“it’s so funny how white ppl use reverse psychology for every conflict and it’s not even that effective.”
5. A Gofundme Account Relief Fund Was Established for Salau
Friends and loved ones created a “relief fund” on GoFundMe for her which has raised several thousand dollars.
The account reads “Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau is an activist in the Tallahassee community who was reported as a Missing Persons by family after disappearing on June 6th, 2020. Toyin was last seen in the southside of Tallahassee near the intersection of Orange Ave. and Wahnish Way.
Toyin’s current condition is unknown, and she may be at risk – this fund exists as an outlet to pool together financial assistance for her when she is found or when contact is established.
The funds gathered will be allocated directly to Toyin to be used at her discretion for resources she may need to feel safe, secure, and supported when she is found, and to assist financially in her healing process. Please support Tallahassee organizers, and the friends and family of Toyin in the effort to provide mutual aid to an integral member of our community.”
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