Last week The Campanile, Paly’s student newspaper, published an in-depth article called “Ramifications of Rape Culture,” which details the aftermath of the “rape culture” stories published a year ago in Paly’s student magazine, Verde.
“Verde described an environment in which rape was considered excusable and the victim is often blamed for their involvement,” the Campanile story recounts.
The Verde articles last year sparked discussion within the Paly school community, and also gained attention in local and national media, and may have contributed to the June 2013 opening of an OCR Title IX investigation of sexual harassment at Paly. These “unforeseen repercussions have shaken up the district and the Palo Alto community ever since,” according to the Campanile.
The Campanile article describes events related to the ongoing OCR investigation, and also explores the role of streaking at Paly in possibly contributing to a culture that has eroded the environment for women and girls on the Paly campus.
“Many argue that streaking is entirely unrelated to the OCR investigation. However, as more details and definitions are brought into the light, the separation between streaking and the rape culture begin to grow more and more hazy,” the article states.
“Rape culture…encompasses several issues, but essentially boils down to an environment of hostility toward women, where sexual harassment is normalized and accepted.”
The Campanile article concludes that rape culture is “an issue within high schools across the nation and should be treated as such,” arguing that solutions to rectify the situation at Paly will “only work to solve a singular problem within a larger issue.”
Paly grad and former Verde editor Evelyn Wang, who worked on the rape culture articles, believes that the OCR investigation will only benefit the school culture overall, according to the Campanile article.
“I support any steps that will improve our society and institutions’ treatment of sexual harassment, violence and assault,” Wang is quoted as saying.
The entire Campanile article can be found at this link: