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Katie Koestner, Founder of Take Back the Night, to Speak at Doane

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Katie Koestner, a date rape survivor and sexual assault prevention advocate whose experience helped focus attention on the issue nationwide, will tell her story at Doane University on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Doane Department of Athletics and Student Programming Board, will be held at Doane’s Haddix Center and is free and open to the public.

 

Koestner is a national expert on student safety and wellness issues and has presented at over 4,000 high schools and colleges in the U.S. As the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally and publicly about her experience at The College of William and Mary, she appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine. She has guest starred on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back The Night, is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms.

 

"We're pleased to have this opportunity to bring Ms. Koestner to Doane and have her speak with all of our students,” commented Doane Director of Athletics Jill McCartney. “It is the responsibility of all of us who work in higher education to do what we can to provide education that meets college students where they are in dealing with issues vitally important to their well-being. Ms. Koestner's story, we hope, will resonate with Doane students and help them to make informed choices in their social lives."

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