Leah Sottile

Broadly

When Does Drunk Sex Become Rape?

In her first semester at the University of Portland, Clara Ell says that her classmate sexually assaulted her while she was too incapacitated to consent. He insists they had consensual sex.
Leah Sottile
2.9.17
Features

When Does Drunk Sex Become Rape?

In her first semester at the University of Portland, Clara Ell says that her classmate sexually assaulted her while she was too incapacitated to consent. He insists they had consensual sex—and, in a subsequent disciplinary hearing, school...
Leah Sottile
2.9.17
VICE Guided Tours

I Went to a Tree Climbing School to Overcome My Fear of Failure

At Tree Climbing Planet, "time stands still and your inner child lives."
Leah Sottile
8.24.16
Broadly

When a Woman Is Raped in Rural Alaska, Does Anyone Care?

When Jennifer moved to Alaska to teach in a rural village, she didn't know the state has the highest rate of reported rape in the country. Then, men started banging on her door at night.
Leah Sottile
4.22.16
News

Is Toxic Shock Syndrome on the Rise Among Young Women?

Last month, four teenagers in Western Michigan were diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome from using tampons. Why are so many young women still getting TSS?
Leah Sottile
2.9.16
News

How Do You Explain Earthquakes to Refugees Without Freaking Them Out?

For Portland's refugee population, news of "the big one" seems frighteningly similar to the catastrophes they've already fled.
Leah Sottile
2.2.16
Stuff

What They Left Behind: Photos of Things People Kept to Remember Their Deceased Loved Ones

In death, what we want most aren't the heirlooms or the valuables, but the things that help us remember our loved ones for exactly who they were.
Leah Sottile
1.13.16
Stuff

The Disturbing Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

According to research, about 25 percent of adults who are treated for alcohol and substance abuse also have ADHD.
Leah Sottile
10.21.15
News

A 13-Year-Old Girl Died of Toxic Shock Syndrome After Doctors Misdiagnosed Her

Doctors told Jemma-Louise Roberts her vomiting and diarrhea were a simple stomach virus. A week later, she had died from toxic shock syndrome.
Leah Sottile
9.24.15
Gaming

Censorship, Corruption, and Bias: A Video Game About Newspaper Journalism

'The Westport Independent' makes you a newspaper editor trying to do journalism in the face of a corrupt government.
Leah Sottile
9.8.15
tech

Could 'Catios,' a.k.a. 'Cat Patios,' Prevent Cats from Destroying the Planet?

It might sound like something out of "Portlandia," but advocates say these enclosures can prevent cats from killing birds en masse.
Leah Sottile
8.12.15
Stuff

Slugs Are Destroying the Businesses of Oregon's Sustainable Farmers

Slugs are costing eco-friendly farmers in the Pacific Northwest tens of thousands of dollars each year. But even after Oregon hosted a "Slug Summit" to deal with the gastropods, no one seems to know how to fix the problem.
Leah Sottile
5.18.15
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