Katie Koestner

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General Specialty

Risk Management
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Misconduct

Specialty Focus

Boy Scout-Related Abuse
Campus Sexual Assault
Church-Related Sexual Harassment and Abuse
Corporate-Related Sexual Misconduct Cyber-Harassment
Educator Sexual Abuse
Employee Training
Healthy Relationships Educator
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Public Speaking
Risk Management
School Safety
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Assault
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
Student Safety
Technology Use Within Schools and Families

Primary Areas of Expertise

Sexual Abuse, Risk Management & School Safety

Ms. Koestner is an internationally recognized author, activist, and educator around technology, safety and healthy relationships. She is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Katie is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 5000 schools and universities around the world. Ms. Koestner is the founder of the Take Back the Night Foundation, which is an international organization working to end sexual violence, support survivors and raise awareness.

Ms. Koestner has assisted the US Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high risk communities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation. She has presented to the Division 1 Basketball Coaches at the Final Four, to the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, and to Chinese Delegates at the UN. Ms. Koestner has worked with over two dozen attorneys and firms to assist with legal cases involving sexual misconduct.



  • B.S. Public Policy, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 1994
  • B.S. Women’s Studies, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 1994
    Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
  • Honorary Doctorate, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA 2009
    Doctor of Public Service, Honorary



  • Sexual Assault Victim Response Counselor, Virginian’s Allied Against Sexual Assault Certification Program


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