Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner was a victim of date rape in 1990 while a freshman in college. The incident made national news the following year in a Time magazine cover article, and she has been telling her story ever since.

 

Ms. Koestner will present a free program, “No-Yes: A Survivor Speaks,” Thursday, November 6, at the main Newark and West Essex campuses. It will take place at 11 a.m. in West Essex and 2:30 p.m. at Newark in Smith Hall. She will also present a special workshop, “From Hurt to Healing,” at 2 p.m., also in Smith Hall.

 

“Making it (date rape) personal is much more effective than just talking about statistics,” Ms. Koestner said in explaining why she has given more than 1,500 talks on student safety issues. The first victim of date rape to speak out publicly, she has also appeared on such shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News. HBO produced the movie, “No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story,” in 1993.

 

Following the attack at the College of William and Mary, Ms. Koestner transferred to Cornell University while the college’s judicial process played out. Her attacker (who she had met earlier that semester) was subsequently accused of a second attack and she decided to transfer back to William and Mary. “They eventually allowed him back in school while I was still a student; it was really the dark ages,” she noted, in regards to the handling of sexual assault and date rape.

 

But Ms. Koestner was able to remain focused on her school work and graduated with a 3.87 grade point average and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Women’s Studies.

 

Today she is executive director of Campus Outreach Services (a national sexual violence resources center) and the Take Back the Night Foundation.

 

The program is sponsored by the College’s Student Life & Activities Office. Call 973.877.3064 for additional information.

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Lady Wolverines at Region XIX Semi-finals

Lady Wolverines at Region XIX Semi-finals

Paced by a three goal effort from Jodeen Whyte, the Lady Wolverines soccer team advanced to the Region XIX Division I tournament championship game with an 8-3 win over Mercer County Community College. Marie Yasmine Alidou added a pair of goals in the semi-final contest held October 28 in Orange Park.

 

Coach Monique Edouard’s team, 7-5, will now face Burlington County College at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 1 at Ocean County College. Burlington defeated Essex 2-1 in a regular season matchup.

 

Seeded second in the tournament, the Lady Wolverines are the defending region champions.

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Lady Wolverines Cross Country team won Region XIX’s Division I title. Meanwhile, the men’s team won their fourth regional crown in that same five year span.

 

Essex County College hosted the regional meet for the first time in school history, noted Coach Michael Smart.

 

On the women’s side, Jennaya  Hield finished first among all female runners, with teammates Fawzia Kheir and Taska Johnson coming in third and fourth respectively. For the men, Andre Colebrook finished first in Division I and second overall, which included Division III runners. Shaquille Sutherland came in fifth and Luiliam Teixeira finished 10th.

 

All six student-athletes were named to the All-Region XIX Team.

 

Essex competed against Mercer County Community College, Delaware Tech and Harcum College. A total of 19 school, including Division III, participated in the meet held at Newark’s Branch Brook Park.

 

Next up is the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on November 8 at South Plains College in Texas.

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