Venue/Location: Spagnuolo Hall
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00 PM
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Brothers Reaching Out and Sisthus Present:
Katie Koestner, Motivational Speaker
- First date rape survivor to speak out nationally
- Renowned student safety and wellness expert
- Testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation
Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture. She has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence since she took her own solo stand as the first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally at age eighteen. After appearing on the cover of TIME Magazine on June 3, 1991, Katie worked with HBO to make a documentary film about her story. Subsequently, she has appeared on nearly 50 national television programs and spoken at more than 1700 college and school campuses. She has assisted the United States Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high-risk communities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation. Listening to Katie speak is incredibly engaging; watching her audience listen is enthralling. Students have recited memorable messages to her during chance meetings years later in airports and on the street. With an intrinsic ability to present difficult subject matter in an approachable manner, Katie relates key facts and statistics weaved with personal anecdotes and real-life stories to produce indelible presentations with lasting results. Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Women’s Studies.