Katie Koestner to Speak about Date-Rape Sept. 29
13 September 2004 — An outspoken, nationally known date-rape
survivor and sexual assault prevention advocate will speak at Jacksonville State University at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 29
September 2004 in the third floor auditorium of Theron Montgomery Building.
Katie Koestner, who appeared on the 3 June 1991 cover of Time magazine, will talk about her experience with
date-rape. Koestner has received national attention for speaking out against this crime of silence. In 1993
Koestner completed a project with HBO, a Lifestories Docudrama entitled No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner
Koestner is a Virginia State-trained peer educator and sexual assault counselor who went public with her story of
date-rape in 1990. After what she felt was an inadequate response from William and Mary to her victimization, she
took her case to the media. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live,
The Jane Whitney Show, Morton Downey, Jr., Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America,
MTV and dozens of other programs.
Her activities as an advocate extend to working for passage of federal sexual assault legislation. Her appearance and
press conference with Congressman Jim Ramstad helped encourage congress, and later President Bush, to pass the Campus
Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights into law in 1992. She has also served as a consultant to schools on the
revision of their policies with regard to sexual assault on college campuses, has authored a chapter for a book on
the backlash to the Women's Anti-Violence Movement, and is the co-author of the guidebooks, Sexual Assault on
Campus: What Every College Needs to Know About Protecting Victims, Providing for Just Adjudication, and
Complying with Federal Laws and Total Sexual Assault Risk Management Strategies for Colleges. She
is working on a new book, tentatively titled Without Consent, an autobiographical travelogue of her years
of presentations to colleges and high schools, and a serious look at the reality of sexual assault for American
Ms. Koestner graduated magna cum laude with membership in Phi Beta Kappa in 1994 from the College of William and Mary
in Virginia. Since graduating, Katie has presented her acclaimed program, entitled No/Yes, over 1,000
times to hundreds of thousands of students at more than 800 colleges, high schools, and military institutions in 48
states and internationally.
There will be a question and answer session immediately following the presentation. For further information please
contact Chris Cook at JSU at 256-782-6720.
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