Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

April 17, 2014

SlutWalk shines spotlight on crime

TAHLEQUAH — “Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape; slut, slut, ho, ho, yes means yes and no means no!”

This was the battle cry across the campus of Northeastern State University, as the student branch of the American Association of University Women held its third annual SlutWalk Wednesday.

SlutWalk originated in Toronto, Ontario in April 2011, and has grown to include rallies globally. Participants generally dress to draw attention, and protest against explaining away or excusing sexual assault because of the clothing a woman wears.

The issue is of particular interest on college campuses. According to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one in five college women has been raped – forced to have sex against her will – at some point in her lifetime.

The Journal of Adolescent Health reported the same statistics for high school girls, with half saying they had told no one about the incident.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and Jyme Lowe, prevention coordinator for Help-In-Crisis, said she is very supportive of the NSU event.

“We believe it’s very important to be here to help create cultural change,” said Lowe. “With NSU leading the way, it’s important to show our support. One of the things I do is presentations here on campus on personal health. I often ask classes to give me a definition of the word, ‘slut.’ What I find interesting is that it can range from a junior high school girl who dresses a certain way, who has never been proved to have had sex, to a person who has sex mutiple times a day. If you can’t define it, it’s just a way to objectify and hurt women, and we want to change that.”

Laura Boren, vice president for student affairs at NSU, was pleased with the number of men participating in the walk.

“This isn’t about blaming victims for rape,” said Boren.

This isn’t strictly a women’s issue; it’s a human issue. It takes both genders to change a culture.”

Lowe said the chant used by Wednesday’s group is exactly why it’s important for HIC to participate.

“Because no means no and yes means yes,” said Lowe. “We all have to work together to shift our culture away from blaming victims, and instead hold the rape perpetrators accountable for their actions.”

NSU senior Brandy Weeks, a social work major, interns for HIC. She carried a sign in Wednesday’s walk that read: “Jesus Loves Sluts.”

“This walk is so important, because rage is such a problem in our culture,” said Weeks. “We need to work against victim-blaming. I’m also really excited to see so many guys participating. It means we have allies.”

Cherokee Nation Region 5 Prevention Coordinator Coleman Cox was one of the men who participated in the walk. His area of expertise is alcohol abuse prevention.

“It’s very common on college campuses to find alcohol abuse in cases of rape,” said Cox. “I participated in the walk, because I think it’s important to work on both issues simultaneously. Excuse No. 5 for rape, particularly among college students, is, ‘I did it because she was drunk.’ This is never an excuse.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-TCP-jump.jpg Tahlequah Community Playhouse revving up for new season

    Tahlequah Community Playhouse is kicking of its 41st season with a nod to friendship and aging.
    TCP finished auditions for its first play of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” on Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Infant mortality dropping in county

    When a mom-to-be is expecting a healthy, happy baby, every week of pregnancy is crucial.
    Short gestation, or premature births, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Any child born before reaching 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature.

    July 23, 2014

  • Board considers combining tourism, chamber positions

    Members of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the local Tourism Council are discussing the possibility of combining two jobs into one.
    Chamber President Steve Turner encouraged board members Tuesday morning to be prepared next month to decide how it will begin a search for a new executive director.

    July 23, 2014

  • New chamber board members nominated

    Three new board members will likely be installed during the regular August meeting of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce.

    July 23, 2014

  • ts-camp-cherokee-main.jpg Camp Cherokee

    About 500 area youth attending popular camp for tribal citizens.

    In reality, two camps are taking place at the Camp Heart ‘o the Hills: a day camp for children in first through sixth grades, and a residential camp for those in middle and high school.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • leatherman-chad.jpg Man gets 20 years for robbing local Walgreens store

    A Tahlequah man accused of robbing a local Walgreens this year has received a 20-year sentence.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-orphan-train.jpg ‘Orphan Train’ authors visit Tahlequah

    Imagine, for a moment, being a child whose parents could not care for him, and the only alternative was to ride the rails across the country, hoping to find a new family and home.
    For local resident Peggy Kaney’s grandfather, this scenario was a reality.
    Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster shared the stories of over 200,000 children taken from New York City and then given away to families in western states from 1854 to 1929, at the Tahlequah Public Library on July 17.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City council gives family deadline to rehab property

    Tahlequah’s city council is giving a family with local ties a little more than a month to develop and submit rehabilitation plans for two pieces of property containing six dilapidated structures in the 400 block of Lee Street.
    Members of the city’s abatement board recommended the homes be demolished, according to Tahlequah Building Inspector Mark Secratt. City officials then sent a certified notice as required by law, but the letter was returned.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man ‘howling like dog,’ arrested for APC

    When a Kentucky man pulled into an area convenience store over the weekend and began “barking and howling like a dog,” sheriff’s deputies checked on him and eventually hauled him to jail on alcohol-related charges, an arrest report shows.

    July 22, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Stocks