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How to Make a Rapist

How to Make a Rapist

Spencer Wharton

April 4, 2013


Filed under OPINION

(Content warning: This column discusses rape, rape culture and sexual assault.) Several weeks ago, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, the boys from Steubenville, Ohio who raped an unconscious girl, were both found guilty and sentenced. This doesn't mean it's time to stop talking about rape. On the contrary, we need now, just as much as ever, to tal...

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

Spencer Wharton

January 31, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

(Content warning: This column discusses rape, rape culture and sexual assault.) "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 F...

Struggle to stop sexual violence engenders artistic expression

Mallory Martin

April 19, 2012


Filed under A&E

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


Filed under Editors' Blog

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


Filed under Circuit, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

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 ...

Production night liveblog

Production night liveblog

Cara Lowry

March 2, 2012


Filed under Editors' Blog, Production Night Blog

What follows is a faithful account of the production of Issue 6 (taking place the evening of Feb. 29/early morning of March 1) as witnessed by me, The Pioneer's Managing Editor. 4:49 p.m. Arrive in Pio office. Check email: Thirteen new messages, eight from Editor-in-Chief Tricia Vanderbilt. Respond...

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Rachel Alexander

March 1, 2012


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

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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