A team of student reporters at Palo Alto High School have written an investigative series that has become the talk of the campus and beyond by addressing a topic many people young and old would rather avoid: rape.
The reaction around campus is exactly what the student-journalists said they wanted.
The series in Verde Magazine, the school's news publication, examines the "rape culture in the Palo Alto High School community."
"I know people think it wouldn't happen in Palo Alto," said senior Lisie Sabbag, who wrote the main article.
"I had people come up to me and say 'I have a story for you.' Or someone would say 'I've got a friend who wants to talk to you,'" said Sabbag. "I got almost ten interviews with survivors."
The piece took three months of researching, writing and consulting with experts and delves into cultural expectations and social pressures placed on teen rape victims and the spotty support those victims often receive.
"It's a cycle where it becomes more commonplace, so people accept it more and it keeps happening," explained Sabbag.
"We wanted to capture how serious issue was and focus on broader issue of rape culture in our society, rather than really detailed or graphic in the anecdotes themselves," said editor-in-chief Ana Carano.
The team of students behind the series of articles say it's fueled conversation across campus.
"We were scared people would be naming names," said editor-in-chief Evelyn Wang.
Kang added that they've gotten some names, but generally it's been people talking about the issue as a whole, which is what they wanted.
The student-journalists worked with an adult advisor who said he believes this story will make a difference.
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