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Vol. CLIV, Issue 4
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Weinstein’s conviction is not the end

Mat Chapin, Columnist March 5, 2020

On Feb. 24, 2020, Harvey Weinstein became a convicted rapist in what is undoubtedly an important milestone for the #MeToo movement. Weinstein was convicted of a criminal sex act and rape, but acquitted...

Our president is still a rapist

Mat Chapin, Columnist February 20, 2020

In the haze of the impeachment trials and never-ending onslaught of criminal accusations, I think it can sometimes slip our minds that our president is a rapist. Despite the rise of the #MeToo movement,...

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Addressing atrocities against women in India

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist December 12, 2019

Not many people have heard about the atrocities against women that have been going on for decades in India. If they have, they do not seem to care. This disregard is partially because feminist media continues...

Illustration by Julie Peterson

How to Make a Rapist

Spencer Wharton April 4, 2013
In the wake of court decisions in the Steubenville rape trial, we must consider the ways the socialization of young boys perpetuates rape culture.
Credit: Schuh

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

Spencer Wharton January 31, 2013
“Consent is sexy.” It was one of the many taglines branded across the “Pink Loves Consent” site, a webpage that appeared to be promoting a new line of Victoria's Secret underwear. A hoax by Baltimore feminist group Force, it went viral in early December of last year.

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 on Thursday, April 19 and the release of a new zine, "Breaking Ground," Whitman College students seek to combat sexual assault with artistic expression.

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...

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...

Photo update (3/1/12 9:30 p.m.)

Production night liveblog

Cara Lowry March 2, 2012
A typical Wednesday night for "Pio" Managing Editor, senior Cara Lowry.
Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Rachel Alexander March 1, 2012
From 2005 to 2010, there have been a total of 43 incidents of sexual assault reported on the Whitman College campus, according to Whitman's Clery crime statistics. Of these, 31 were incidents of forcible rape. It is likely that far more rapes have actually occurred over that period, because many go unreported. Some of these cases have made their way through Whitman's formal hearing process, and some have resulted in the college punishing the offender. Yet in the time that Detective Miguel Sanchez has been investigating rape and domestic violence cases for the Walla Walla Police Department, there hasn't been a single rape case from Whitman where criminal charges were filed.
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