Letter to the Editor: Re: Sexual Assault Dashboard Article

Hailey Powers, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Campus Advocate

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A few weeks ago, there was a Whitman Wire article in which I responded to questions about campus sexual assault statistics.

While the article didn’t include the full context of the conversation, I now realize using jargon specific to my professional work was a mistake given the likelihood of my statements being misinterpreted.

My intent was not to alienate or single out any one group of Whitman students and I feel bad that one group felt targeted by my comments.

I want to clear, that I stand for all survivors, of all identities, and I am dedicated to the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

It is my sincere hope that any member of the Whitman community would feel comfortable coming to me regardless of gender or group identity.