Michaela Bosch: Today, March 19th, 2013, President Veitch publicly reversed his stance on campus sexual assault notification in an interview and letter to the editor of the Occidental Weekly, which can be found here and here: http://occidentalweekly.com/news/2013/03/19/sexual-assault-update/ http://occidentalweekly.com/on-campus/2013/03/19/a-letter-to-the-editor-from-president-veitch/ The president has decided that it is imperative that every time a sexual assault is reported on campus, the campus must be notified. The notifications, which will be sent out only with the permission of the student making the report, will indicate the date of the incident and that it was reported. This will both protect the privacy of the involved parties and serve "as a visible and persistent reminder of the intolerable incidence of sexual assault on our campus." Thanks to the volume of signers of the petition, Hannah and I, along with other student activists, were able to meet with President Veitch on two occasions to discuss notification and other sexual misconduct policy issues. We would like to thank everyone who signed this petition for helping Oxy students make our voices heard. We hope to see President Veitch's wishes reflected in concrete policy change and action. Thank you, Michaela Bosch '15 and Hannah Kessel '15
Dear students, parents, alumni, and faculty:
On February 25, 2013, Oxy administrators were notified of a sexual assault that occurred on campus Sunday, February 24th. However, they did not alert the campus community until local media reported the incident. Though the administration agreed to the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition's 12 Demands in November 2012, they failed to fulfill their promise to implement the 7th demand: "Use Oxy's Crime Alert System to Inform Campus of Reported Sexual Assaults." In Dean Avery's email to the campus community, she says that the perpetrator, an Oxy student, was "determined not to constitute a continuing threat." We reject the notion that rapists on our campus are not a continuous threat to our safety. The failure to alert the community of sexual assaults renders the experiences of survivors on our campus invisible and perpetuates the myth that stranger rape is more common than rape perpetrated by a non-stranger. Recently, the campus made no response after OSAC organized a protest of hundreds of students to demand Oxy Alerts. The Occidental community will not be safe until the Oxy Alert system is implemented in accordance with OSAC's Demand #7.
Thank you for your support in making Occidental a safer community.
For more information and resources for survivors, please explore the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition's website. To anonymously report incidents of sexual violence, click here.
Hannah Kessel '15 & Michaela Bosch '15