The date rape that changed Katie Koestner’s life

Katie Koestner - Time MagazineDate rape has been around for a long time.  In 1992 Katie Koestner brought it to the attention of the world when she appeared on the cover of Time magazine.  Yeah, we all know someone, don’t we.  The problem is a lot older than that,

Koestner was raped in 1990, at the age of 18, during her first week at college.

“My friends and his friends arranged a meeting with my attacker to talk it through. Our friends were hoping that if we could patch things up, we could all be buddies again…..

“Then he said, ‘You were a little stiff the first time round, and we need some more practice and then you’ll enjoy yourself a lot better.’ Then he said – and I remember this bit particularly – ‘It’s always tough for the virgins.’ And that last comment was the one that snapped me.”

For the last 25 years, Koestner has been speaking out about date rape.

Koestner has been on Oprah, Geraldo, NBC, Larry King, and dozens of others.  She has interviewed for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and BBCNews.   She has given speeches, written training manuals, and received awards.  So her Wikipedia article is…wait for it…a red link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Koestner.   The list of Time magazine covers doesn’t even try to link to it.

And don’t even get me started about Wikipedia’s rape articles.

“If I had been raped on a street, then I’d have been afraid of strangers, but if you’re raped by someone you know, then you’re afraid of everyone.”

 

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