November 6, 00

Vol. 16 , No. 04   


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No/Yes
KATIE KOESTNER
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2000

The cover of the June 3, 1991 issue of Time magazine pictured a thoroughly distraught-looking Katie Koestner. During the previous school year, Koestner had been dating a fellow schoolmate for a few weeks. One night after a dinner date, they returned to her dorm where he raped her. Unlike so many other young women in the same situation, Koestner went public, thus helping to bring about discussion of this "crime of silence."

Ms. Koestner holds degrees in public policy and women's studies from William and Mary College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and is a certified peer educator and sexual assault counselor. Since 1990, she has presented her acclaimed program "No/Yes" at over 800 colleges and universities. She has also been featured on the Oprah Winfry Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and more than 35 other programs. In 1993 she completed a project with HBO's Lifestories Docudramas titled No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story.

Ms. Koestner was partly responsible for the passage of the Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights, which President Bush signed into law in 1991. She has coauthored a number of books and manuals on sexual assault, and is working on a new book, tentatively titled Without Consent (2001), chronicling her travels and talks during her crusade against sexual assault on college campuses. Katie Koestner's visit to CMC is cosponsored by the Dean of Students and Women's Forum