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Rape Crisis at Occidental College Spurs Sharp Critique -- in Poetry

Daniel Bosch is the father of a student at Occidental College -- and such, he's keenly aware of the rape crisis the campus has endured in the last year. Students and activists alike have decry a series of sexual assaults committed by students, and an administrative reaction that seems more interested in hushing up the problem than bringing perps to justice.

Bosch is also a writer (his work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, and the Daily Beast. So how better to channel his outrage than into poetry?

He originally submitted this poem in response to the L.A. Times op-ed page's unusual call for poems. They passed. Their loss.

After the jump, the poem in its entirety:

Sexual Assault on Campus: An Occidental Index

Academia (see Real Life)

Actor (see President Jonathan Veitch)

Alumni/ae Contributions (see Occidental's Bottom Line)

Assault Free Campus (see Won't Happen By Accident)

Backbone (see Not In My Job Description)

Clery Act (see What You Don't Know Can Hurt You)

Co-Education is Worth Fighting For (see Justice and Equity)

Complainants (see Speaking Truth to Power)

Culture of Rape (see One in Five Female Students)

Dean Barbara Avery (see No Confidence)

Define Due Process (see Not In My Job Description)

Didn't Think That Far Ahead (see Federal Title IX Investigation)

Dirks & Heldman, et al. (see The Change You Want to Be)

Education Worth Fighting For (see Justice and Equity)

If Alcohol is Involved, There is No Consent (see The History of Bodies is a History of Difference)

Father of Two Daughters (see President Jonathan Veitch)

Federal Title IX Investigation (see Co-Education is Worth Fighting For)

Five-Page Paper (see Theatre of the Absurd, see also Dean Barbara Avery)

Four Percent of Respondents (see Wrongly Accused,

                                      see also Taking the Wrong Side)

Future Sons-in-Law (see Mad Men)

He Wanted It (see Safe in the Tiger Training Room?)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty (see Survivors of Sexual Assault)

Isn't that a Stretch? (see She Wanted It, see also He Wanted It)

Justice and Equity (see The Change You Want to Be)

Libertines, Inequalities, Fraternities (see Mad Men)

Mad Men (see Culture of Rape,

                                      see also If Alcohol is Involved, There is No Consent)

No Confidence (see Occidental Attorney Carl Botterud,

                                      see also Dean Barbara Avery)

No Means No (see She Wanted It, see also He Wanted It)

Not In My Job Description (see Dean Barbara Avery,

                                      see also Occidental Attorney Carl Botterud)

No Voluntary Recusal (see Define Due Process)

Occidental Attorney Carl Botterud (see Thinks He Can Ride This Out,

                                      see also Didn't Think That Far Ahead)

Occidental College (see also Swarthmore, see also UC Berkeley,

                                      see also UNC Chapel Hill, see also Dartmouth,

                                      see also UC Boulder)

One In Five Female Students (see Survivors of Sexual Assault)

Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition (see Principals Worth Protecting)

Occidental's Bottom Line (see Which Way the Wind Blows)

President Jonathan Veitch (see Father of Two Daughters,

                                      see also Future Sons-in-Law)

Principals Worth Protecting (see Dirks & Heldman, et al.)

Principles Worth Protecting (see Backbone)

Rape (see No Means No)

Real Life (see Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition)

Respondents (see Mad Men, see also Future Sons-in-law)

Retaliation Against Faculty Who Seek Change (see Academia,

                                      see also Real Life)

Safe in the Tiger Training Room? (see Isn't that a Stretch?)

She Wanted It (see Libertines, Inequalities, Fraternities)

Speaking Truth to Power (see The Change You Want to Be)

Survivors of Sexual Assault (see Tiger Sisters)

Taking the Wrong Side (see Which Way the Wind Blows)

Theater of the Absurd (see Dean Barbara Avery, see Actor)

The Change You Want to Be (see Assault-Free Campus)

The History of Bodies is a History of Difference (see Real Life)

Thinks He Can Ride This Out (see Which Way the Wind Blows)

Tiger Sisters (see Dirks & Heldman, et al.,

                                       see also Survivors of Sexual Assault)

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You (see Define Due Process)

Which Way the Wind Blows (see Alumni/ae Contributions)

Won't Happen By Accident (see Co-Education is Worth Fighting For)

Wrongly Accused (see Survivors of Sexual Assault)


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