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James Patrick Whalen, right, leaves the Grand Forks County Courthouse with his attorney, Robert Hoy, after pleading guilty to sexual assault and corruption of a minor. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

We Can’t Have Justice if We Don’t Scrutinize Accusers

We Can’t Have Justice if We Don’t Scrutinize Accusers

Yesterday I wrote a post responding to outrage over comments made by Robert Hoy, defense attorney for James Patrick Whalen, a Grand Forks teacher who recently pleaded guilty to charges related to a sexual relationship he had with a 16 year old female student. Many in the media were outraged that Hoy brought up the

James Patrick Whalen, left, listens as Judge John Thelan reads the terms of his plea agreement Monday in District court. Whalen's attorney, Robert Hoy, is at right. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

That Wasn’t Slut Shaming, and We Need to Talk About This Double Standard for Female Victims

James Patrick Whalen, a Grand Forks teacher found guilty of carrying on a sexual relationship with a teenage student, was sentenced recently. Something his attorney said during sentencing has people outraged. “I agree … that he is the adult and she is incapable of consent by statute, and he is at fault for that,” attorney

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