First Advisor

Wendy Bourgeois

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors




Rape victims, Poetry




In the midst of my freshman year of college in 2013, I was abducted and sexually assaulted while attending a party in my dorm building. I was taken away from my home under the influence of a date rape intoxicant, vanished from all consciousness and whisked into the darkness of that cold October night in Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, with the help from various doctors and two years of specialized rehabilitation, I have renewed my strength in mental stability, professionalism and verbal confidence to tell my story and establish a sense of closure for my own victimization.

To achieve this closure, I question how poetry can be utilized as a tool in assisting the recovery process for rape victims and raise awareness of the contributors for rape culture on college campuses? In this collection I focused on the trials of rape recovery and ending the silence and oppression of sexual assault. With Hush, I spoke for myself and for anyone looking for representation of their own experiences, who are in need of appropriate resources and healing. This book is as much a self reflection as it is a topic of conversation for rape culture and its effects on people of all sexuality in the world today.


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