100 episodes

Katie Koestner, who appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine at age 18 as the first to speak out as the victim of ”date” rape, talks with survivors of sexual assault, rape and abuse about what they went through and how it impacted their life afterward. Katie delves into backlash, legal systems, campus reactions, family and friends, mental health, PTSD, substance use, body image, and the journey from hurt to healing and thriving.

Dear Katie: Survivor Stories Katie Koestner

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    • 4.3 • 10 Ratings

Katie Koestner, who appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine at age 18 as the first to speak out as the victim of ”date” rape, talks with survivors of sexual assault, rape and abuse about what they went through and how it impacted their life afterward. Katie delves into backlash, legal systems, campus reactions, family and friends, mental health, PTSD, substance use, body image, and the journey from hurt to healing and thriving.

    S5E8 Angel in the Legal Heavens for Victims

    S5E8 Angel in the Legal Heavens for Victims

    A lawyer focusing on institutional accountability for child sexual assault, Hansen Dirani shares his soul-shaking passion and energy with us to advocate for survivors of violence. His beliefs, while unconventional, reveal a deep care and unwavering strength in the face of a culture of complicity and silence.
    If you or a person you know needs an advocate, please make use of our free legal hotline, 567-SHATTER (567-742-8837), or visit our website here: https://takebackthenight.org/legal-assistance/. 
    Hosts: Katie Koestner and Emily Wang
    Editor: Evan Mader
    Producers: Emily Wang and Luiza Leite

    • 1 hr 18 min
    S5B1 Learning, Art, and Healing

    S5B1 Learning, Art, and Healing

    In this bonus segment, we introduce two new cohosts taking on our interviews! 
    Emily Wang is the Senior Producer for the Dear Katie Podcast and is currently a graduate student in cell biology. She has an academic interest in sexual violence prevention and started the Dear Katie Podcast alongside Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner. 
    Luiza Leite is the Associate Producer for the Dear Katie Podcast and is currently biological sciences and art history. She has been working with the Dear Katie Podcast for a year and is interested in art and healing. 
    Editor: Evan Mader

    • 10 min
    S5E7 Hot Matcha Latte

    S5E7 Hot Matcha Latte

    Walking away from his anger and jealousy, Isabella breaks it off with her college boyfriend. However, his abuse and manipulation follow her, and he assaults her in her home. Following a journey of healing and justice, she shares her story with us today. 
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Benter Oluoch
    Producers: Emily Wang and Luiza Leite

    • 36 min
    S5E6 Total Body Badass

    S5E6 Total Body Badass

    New college student Kiley does her best to deal with the Covid outbreak on campus, spending time with her boyfriend and his roommates. In love for the first time, she finds herself in uncomfortable situations with this group, until one of his roommates attacks her. She walks away, in shock, living in silence until months later. Kiley shares her journey from breaking her silence and dealing with the backlash to self-care and helping survivors today. 
    Hosts: Katie Koestner and Claire Kaplan
    Editor: Benter Oluoch
    Producers: Emily Wang and Luiza Leite

    • 33 min
    S5E5 Mermaids Walking on Their Toes

    S5E5 Mermaids Walking on Their Toes

    Author and ally Michael Emberger shares his voice and knowledge, advocating for men to take charge and act as true supporters for survivors of sexual assault. His book, Believed, focuses on the suffering of mermaid and college student Kelsea, who stands on a tail and two fins to fight the most painful trial of her life. Despite her trauma and a crisis of faith, she speaks the truth of what her rapist did, but will she be believed?
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Evan Mader
    Producers: Emily Wang and Luiza Leite

    • 32 min
    S5E4 Jane Doe is a Monster

    S5E4 Jane Doe is a Monster

    In today's episode, filmmaker and actress Emma Fitzpatrick discusses the the importance of telling stories that give a voice to the voiceless. As a writer, she has contributed to the success of multiple social media campaigns highlighting women’s issues and gender equality including #SHEPLAYSWEWIN which garnered media attention for its positive portrayal and message to young women in athletics. She most recently wrote and produced the feature film “Take Back the Night,” a monster movie that plays out as an allegory for the horrors of victim blaming in rape culture. The film was released in March of 2022 and has become a platform to launch conversations about the misconceptions and dangers surrounding victims of violent crimes, especially sexual assault. 
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Benter Oluoch
    Producers: Emily Wang and Luiza Leite

    • 28 min

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Empowering podcast about an important issue

Dear Katie is such an empowering podcast for survivors of sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, and any other form of sexual violence. Heavy topics are handled with care and sensitivity.

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