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Interactive Presentation on Sexual Assault Awareness Planned at Morrisville State College During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Morrisville State College will host nationally recognized sexual assault awareness speaker Katie Koestner on April 8.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater of the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC).

The event is being held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Day of Action, which focuses on awareness on sexual violence prevention.

Koestner, a survivor of college date rape who is known for her touching and emotional way of connecting with students, and Harvard educator, Gordon Braxton, will be presenting “He Said, She Said; The Case of Jake and Erica.” This interactive presentation focuses on alcohol use, sexual assault and responsible decision making.

In an entertaining and engaging manner, Koestner and Braxton will confront common rape myths and tear down conventional defenses around acquaintance rape.
Koestner has become an outspoken educator, speaking out nationally and publicly, breaking a silence on the subject of sexual assault. She has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MTV, Larry King Live, CNBC Talk Live, MSNBC, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight and dozens of other news programs in order to create public awareness about date rape. She appeared on the cover of TIME magazine’s date rape issue and was the subject of an HBO Lifestories Docudrama, “No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story.”

In 2003, Koestner completed two films with national award-winning Top Hat Productions: “Please Write Back: Sexual Assault Among America’s Students” and “Helping a Sexual Assault Survivor.”

A trained sexual assault peer counselor, Koestner has also co-authored two books. Her efforts led to the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights Law in 1992.

The local organization, Liberty Resources, Inc. Victims of Violence (VOV) advocacy agency of Oneida, N.Y., will also have an information table set up outside of the theater. VOV provides free and confidential services to those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence or other violent crimes in Madison County and surrounding communities. Services are available to all victims and their family, regardless of when the abuse or crime occurred or whether they choose to report it to the police.

The event is being sponsored by the Sheila Johnson Institute, Student Health Center, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college was one of the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.