Sexual Assault Prevention Speaker to Host Talk
On February 10, GMC welcomes sexual assault prevention speaker Katie Koestner for a presentation at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Koestner is the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally and publicly about her experience at The College of William and Mary. TIME Magazine featured her on the cover in June of 1991, and in 1993 HBO made a movie about her story. She has appeared on news shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live and Larry King Live.

In the “No-Yes Presentation,” Koestner discusses her journey from victim to survivor while educating students about healthy relationships and respect. Interweaving her own story with vignettes from survivors across the country, Koestner offers a three-fold message of successful gender communication, responsibility with respect to the use of drugs and alcohol, and respect for self and for peers. The presentation enables students to challenge stereotypes and confront conventional beliefs and behaviors. Koestner is now executive director of Campus Outreach Services, an organization that offers workshops, conferences and consulting services for schools.

Koestner's talk is sponsored by The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) & The Green Mountain College Speaker’s Bureau as well as the athletic department, campus security, residential life, the office of student involvement, the office of the vice president for student life and the Wellness Center.

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