Date Rape survivor speaks to local educators

STEVENSON, Md. - It is the darkest part of enlightening school communities – the issue of sexual assaults, and the reality that they happen everywhere.

On Wednesday, Katie Koestner was in Stevenson for an all-day event to educate local educators.  

Survivors don't want to see their assailants again, was a key point, and that separating them should be the first priority for schools.

Koestner was featured in Time magazine back in 1991, trying to break down the stigma of the term date rape following her own personal experience. She majored in chemical engineering, but a few hours changed her course in life.

"Ultimately it's self-confidence. It's having the courage that if you are uncomfortable, you tell someone you're not comfortable. And if they don't listen, you try your best to get away from the situation. It's also the flip side of that. If you hear no, or someone rejects you, you can take it. You don't have to win every time," said Koestner.

Koestner created Campus Outreach Services, where she works with about 2500 schools worldwide.

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