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Changes made to handling of sexual misconduct cases

Rachel Alexander

September 6, 2012

The Whitman administration made significant changes in its procedures for handling sexual assault over the summer, with an emphasis on improved communication with the Walla Walla YWCA and police department. These changes were made in response to student complaints about Whitman's handling of sexual assault...

Struggle to stop sexual violence engenders artistic expression

Mallory Martin

April 19, 2012

The stand against sexual violence on campus has taken a creative turn. With the "Take Back the Night" rally today, April 19 and the release of a new zine, "Breaking Ground," Whitman College students seek to combat sexual assault with artistic expression. Over the past month, Whitman has seen growing...

Anatomy of a news story: Sexual assault on campus

Rachel Alexander

March 15, 2012

If you've read my recent story on sexual assault reporting on the Whitman campus, you might be wondering what goes into writing an article like this. The short answer is: a lot of work. Here's a peek behind the curtain of the Pio's investigative reporting team. First, the story idea. This article wa...

I never thought this could happen at Whitman.

I never thought this could happen at Whitman.

Rachel Alexander

March 13, 2012

Note: Although both perpetrators and victims of sexual assault can be any gender, all of the people who were willing to speak to me for this article about being sexually assaulted were women who had been sexually assaulted by men. Nationally, according to the Department of Justice's 2010 violent ...

Board editorial: Whitman needs to rethink police reporting policies

Editorial Board

March 2, 2012

This editorial was written by the Pioneer  editors in light of the March 1, 2012 article, "Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective." Sexual assault is an undeniably complicated crime to prosecute. Victims are not always willing to come forward or press charges, and even in cases where a ...

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Rachel Alexander

March 1, 2012

The Whitman administration works to stop sexual assault on campus, but sometimes even the best preventative efforts fail. Students don't always respect each other's boundaries. While many victims choose not to report the crimes committed against them, a handful fill out a pink form and bring a case forward....

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