Marywood University to host Sexual Assault Activist Speaker

SCRANTON, PA (October 22, 2015)—Katie Koestner, director of the Take Back the Night Foundation, will be speaking at Marywood University on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 9 p.m., in the Latour Room in the Nazareth Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Koestner has been an advocate for survivors of sexual assault since her own assault in 1990. At the age of eighteen, she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine for publicly speaking out against her attacker. She has since led a powerful movement against sexual violence.

A speaker at hundreds of universities and high schools, Ms. Koestner has also been a consultant for many schools on the revision, development and implementation of their sexual misconduct policies and protocols. She urges students to continue to fight against sexual violence through awareness, prevention and advocacy. She will be sharing her “No-Yes” presentation to the university.

Marywood University and The University of Scranton have been chosen by the Take Back the Night Foundation as one of the nation’s 10 Points of Light. Both campus communities have an outstanding commitment to prevent and raise awareness on sexual assault. One in five women and one in twenty men are sexually assaulted while enrolled in college. Both universities are committed to decreasing that number. Students from Marywood University, The University of Scranton, and Lackawanna College will attend this event.

For more information on this event, visit the Counseling and Student Development Center at Marywood University at