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More tricks than treats: Halloween’s sexual assault problem

More tricks than treats: Halloween’s sexual assault problem

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Halloween is a scary time, but not because of cobwebs and skeletons — for women, the dangers of sexual assault are very real.

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for sexual assault. But that's not enough considering his horrific crimes.

Editorial: Kavanaugh disqualifies himself

Editorial: Kavanaugh disqualifies himself

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Kavanaugh’s combative, evasive behavior during Thursday’s testimony didn’t just bring his innocence into question, it suggests he’s not temperamentally fit to be a Supreme Court Justice.

Editorial: Mattress Factory mishandles sexual assault allegations

Editorial: Mattress Factory mishandles sexual assault allegations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Mattress Factory’s been attracting attention for a recent sexual assault scandal — but the company has not handled it well. It’s just behaving like many other companies who don’t support women.

Editorial: Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation necessary

Editorial: Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation necessary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Although Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh appear credible, Republicans have decided to forego an investigation — but they shouldn't be so dismissive of alleged victims.

Panelists discuss intersectionality in sexual assault

Panelists discuss intersectionality in sexual assault

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Students gathered Monday night to listen as six panelists discussed how intersectionality plays a role in sexual assault. The panel consisted of Krithika Pennathur, president of Pitt Unmuted; Rose Barone — who prefers to go by Sawyer — executive assistant of Rainbow Alliance; Albert Tanjaya, ad...

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

By Sarah Shearer & Sarah Cutshall

March 29, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Krithika Pennathur has a story to tell, but it’s not about her. Pennathur, a Pitt junior, may spend her days speaking at events or leading advocacy workshops in clubs on campus — but over coffee you’ll have her undivided attention and the feeling that she has all the time in the world. ...

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You’re a young person, freshly starting your career and beginning to make a name for yourself. You are entrusted with big tasks, like handling confidential material, managing the business’ account and leading the new public relations campaign. Now, imagine that, like an unfortunate mirror of your own accomp...

Interactive graphic: Sexual assault and college sports

Interactive graphic: Sexual assault and college sports

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Visual

   

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

By Anne Marie Yurik | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“It was sexual harassment.” “It was just bad sex.” “She should share her experiences.” “She’s a weak woman.” “Speaking out about this was anti-feminist.” “Something like this shouldn’t ruin his career.” Reactions varied wildly after feminist website babe.net published a story in mid...

Pitt spotlights safety

Pitt spotlights safety

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Dogs on campus usually attract dozens of students, nearly all of whom have their iPhones ready to capture brief interactions with the stress-relieving pets. But Sam, a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer trained to detect explosives, didn’t draw that kind of attention at the annual Safety Fair Tuesday...

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

January 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine opening your email and seeing a new message — it contains a complex how-to guide for navigating parties and getting girls, and even a handy list of “the seven E’s of Hooking Up.” Though the message explicitly says “no raping” — thank goodness — the email’s subject line is d...

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hating on Hollywood — the home of the unattainably beautiful and fabulously wealthy — has always been easy for those of us living in Pittsburgh’s somewhat colder climate. But with last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards marking the end of a year full of scandals and sexual misconduct in the entert...

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston takes the field, the crowd is focused on one thing — the game. Winston, at only 24 years old, is one of the best in the league. A former Florida State Seminole, he has had a stellar professional career so far — 12,149 all-purpose ya...

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

Twitter’s time stamps proved just how planned politics can be yesterday. Over the course of an hour, 11 female Democratic senators made coordinated statements calling for Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign from office amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. As of now, eight women have...

Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

To bring down Harvey Weinstein, it took the accounts of thirteen women. It took five to bring down Louis C.K. And yesterday, it took just one woman’s account of sexual misconduct to bring down ex-NBC “Today” host Matt Lauer. After The New York Times released the story, NBC took swift actio...

When talking assault, recognize the limitations of the #MeToo movement

When talking assault, recognize the limitations of the #MeToo movement

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

November 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The infamous words of pre-college advice for girls at my high school graduation party were “never leave your drink unattended,” and, if you ignored that, “don’t drink the punch” — warnings against the dangers of college parties, particularly when alcohol is involved. These are valid ti...

Rep. John Conyers quits House committee post amid sexual harassment probe

By Tracy Wilkinson | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

November 26, 2017


Filed under National News

Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Conyers announced he was stepping down as ranking member...

Club hosts series on dating violence

Club hosts series on dating violence

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Pitt student’s death is still leaving a mark on campus, more than a month after her passing. In light of Alina Sheykhet’s death, Pitt Unmuted — a club created for survivors of sexual assault to share their stories — held a series of three events discussing the topic of intimate partner viol...

Editorial: GOP establishment enables Moore’s misconduct

Editorial: GOP establishment enables Moore’s misconduct

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 12, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The party of “family values” spent the weekend in a peculiar position — defending a man accused of child molestation. The Washington Post reported last week that four women had accused Roy Moore of making sexual advances on them while they were in their teens. Moore is the Republican nominee for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat in the U.S. Senate. At the time of the alleged advances, Moore was in his early thirties. One...

GOP’s Roy Moore pushed to quit Senate race after accusation he molested 14-year-old girl

By Michael Finnegan | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 9, 2017


Filed under National News

Republicans' lock on an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate was thrown into doubt Thursday when the party's religious-right candidate was accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. The explosive allegation, in a Washington Post report, led Senate GOP leader Mitch...

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Sprawled across Dartmouth College’s campus last week were posters that read “Where is Prof. Paul Whalen?” and “Where is Prof. Bill Kelley?” The signs refer to two of the three professors at Dartmouth who had been absent from campus for quite some time — as it turns out, the three profess...

Editorial: Spacey’s coming out wrongly reinforces negative stereotypes

Editorial: Spacey’s coming out wrongly reinforces negative stereotypes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The wave of sexual assault allegations that have roiled Hollywood in the wake of revelations earlier this month about producer Harvey Weinstein dragged down another celebrity this weekend, but this time the accusation came with a twist. According to actor Anthony Rapp, Kevin Spacey, the actor famous for his roles in...

Taking back the night: students share stories of abusive relationships

Taking back the night: students share stories of abusive relationships

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Dana Good held a handmade sign above her head that read “I’m not ovary-acting” as she marched through the streets of Oakland Tuesday night. More Pitt students walked alongside her, waving posters saying “reclaim the streets” and “I march for those who can’t,” while being escorted by Pitt Po...

Editorial: Recognize the consequences of comedy

Editorial: Recognize the consequences of comedy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

On the sidelines at the football game between Pitt and Oklahoma State this weekend, a female Pitt fan likely had little idea she would be one of the highlights from the game on social media. But that’s exactly what happened. A clip of Gianna Rockoff, a sophomore psychology major at Pitt, taking part in a ra...

Local leaders address sexual assault

Local leaders address sexual assault

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Alexandra Hope Erickson took her own life during her senior year of high school, her friend Maggie Kennedy couldn’t comprehend it. “I felt like I couldn't breathe. Numb and empty, I shook and I wept and I clung to my family and friends,” Kennedy said. “How could she be gone?” Er...

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For a cabinet member who’s already one of the most controversial in the Trump administration, it would have seemed difficult for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to become even more divisive. Then she started to talk about rape on campus. DeVos gave a speech on Sept. 7 at George Mason University...

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gov. Tom Wolf expanded the “It’s on Us PA” campaign Wednesday, announcing legislation aimed at ending sexual assault in schools across Pennsylvania. Joined by college students in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Wolf and state lawmakers announced six new bills focused on improving reporting for s...

Students make safety pocket-sized

Students make safety pocket-sized

By Jaime Weinreb | For The Pitt News

September 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

Knowing to call 911 for help is common knowledge, but it was an impossible task for senior Annmarie Stockinger when she was sexually assaulted in Tower C during her first year at Pitt. Fear rendered her powerless. She could not even try to dial three simple numbers. “I was holding my phone t...

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

By Dan Day and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

At the Sexual Violence Open Mic Tuesday night, no one actually used a microphone. Instead, 13 students pushed two tables together inside the William Pitt Union for an intimate discussion on the effects of rape culture and sexual violence. Pitt’s chapter of the American Association of University Women...

15 percent of female undergraduates at UT have been raped, survey says

By Lauren McGaughy | The Dallas Morning News (TNS)

March 23, 2017


Filed under National News

AUSTIN, Texas — Fifteen percent of undergraduate female students surveyed at the University of Texas, Austin said they’ve been raped, according to a statewide study that the UT system will soon release. “The first injustice committed in every assault or inappropriate behavior is the act itself, ...

Promote intersectionality and inclusivity for a safer campus

Promote intersectionality and inclusivity for a safer campus

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Sexual assault prevention and inclusion are undoubtedly two of the most important issues on college campuses, but it’s time to revamp the way we address them. While administration and dedicated students often push for policy and awareness on both of those topics, they usually tackle each proble...

Teach Consent: Better sexual education in high school will lead to safer college campuses

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

November 12, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Do college students know the meaning of consent? Did they learn this vocabulary lesson in sexual conduct in high school? Studies have revealed that college students do not know what constitutes consent and what does not. According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey on college students...

Editorial: Transparency needed to curb sexual assault

Editorial: Transparency needed to curb sexual assault

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The White House is right. It’s on us — all of us — to solve the issue of sexual assault. Pitt voluntarily joined the national movement against rape culture last spring, when it and 27 other universities participated in a survey of student attitudes and experiences regarding sexual violence and har...

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US NEWS CMP-BERKELEY-SEXASSAULT 1 OX

By Courtesy of MCT Campus

September 14, 2014


Filed under Archives

From left, University of California, Berkeley student Shannon Thomas, 21, former student Nicoletta Commins, 22, and student Aryle Butler, 20, prepare to speak during a press conference at the Graduate School of Journalism in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Thirty-one female students h...

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US NEWS CMP-BERKELEY-SEXASSAULT 1 OX

By MCT Campus

September 14, 2014


Filed under Archives

Sixty-five percent of women and 25 percent of men experience some type of street harassment at some point in their lives.

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