52 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 6 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.

    S3E10 Superspeeding Flash (Special Guest: Shawn Schutt from Touchy Subjects)

    S3E10 Superspeeding Flash (Special Guest: Shawn Schutt from Touchy Subjects)

    Wielding his degree in public health as a preventative weapon, Shawn shares how he navigates empathizing with intersectionally disadvantaged communities. Shawn delves into one of his processes of prevention: working with those who perpetuate hateful rhetoric. He explains the power of tracing hate back to its root, and learning what brought perpetrators to their beliefs, to better understand, and better assist the restoration of violent or hateful individuals contributing to rape culture. 
    To hear more from Shawn Schutt, tune into the Touchy Subjects Podcast here: https://www.touchysubjectspodcast.com/
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Craig Stanton
    Producer: Emily Wang

    • 34 min
    S3E9 Venomous Irish Jig

    S3E9 Venomous Irish Jig

    From farmer’s country to rich New England town, 13-year-old Rae Beth was the new kid at her middle school. As an outcast, she found friendship in a classmate who did not share the privileges of their peers. At her new best friend’s birthday party, Rae Beth is sexually assaulted for the first time by her friend’s father, the beginning of a series of repeated, chilling instances. After six years of silence, she is now a year away from a master’s degree in social work, and a career in advocacy for sexual assault prevention. 
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Craig Stanton
    Producer: Emily Wang

    • 42 min
    S3E8 80% Cacao with Lavender

    S3E8 80% Cacao with Lavender

    While learning to heal others in medical school, young Larisa found herself targeted by a teacher, someone she was supposed to admire and trust. Her experiences led her to turn away from traditional medicine and toward holistic healing, with her understanding of sexual trauma propelling her to create The Evolving Story of Women, an advocacy group dedicated to ending sexual violence. 
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Craig Stanton
    Producer: Emily Wang

    • 46 min
    S3E7 5ft Sensei Towering Over Eiffel (Expert Episode: Patti Giggans)

    S3E7 5ft Sensei Towering Over Eiffel (Expert Episode: Patti Giggans)

    This week, we sit down with Patti Giggans, legendary activist and Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, a non profit dedicated to ending interpersonal violence. She shares stories of one on one intervention, and how speaking with even a single individual can change minds and initiate global change. 
    For more information on Peace Over Violence and the amazing work led by Patti and other groundbreaking activists, got to www.peaceoverviolence.org
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Craig Stanton
    Producer: Emily Wang

    • 42 min
    S3E6 Maraschino Cherry Manhattan

    S3E6 Maraschino Cherry Manhattan

    Inspirational and empowering, Stephanie Olson speaks to leaders around the globe to share lessons on resilience; however, her journey to the present comes with lived experiences of domestic and sexual violence. From victim to powerful survivor and advocate, Stephanie shares her triumph over trauma and how to heal into success. 
    To find out more about Stephanie Olson and her work, visit stephanieolson.com
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editor: Craig Stanton
    Producer: Emily Wang

    • 45 min
    S3E5 Rounded Sandstone Lake Rock

    S3E5 Rounded Sandstone Lake Rock

    When 70’s high school lovebirds decide to go the distance in college, Shannon finds a manipulative side of her then-boyfriend. Post-breakup, in hopes of reconciliation, she visits his dorm, only to be propositioned with sex. When she says no multiple times, Shannon discovers the word doesn’t hold as much weight as she had once believed. After growing up as an Evangelical Christian, she must learn to navigate a world where impurity is sinister. Fast forward to 2022, Shannon has found hope in her husband and the resources accessible to victims today.
     
    Hosts: Claire Kaplan and Katie Koestner
    Editors: Craig Stanton and Bob Kanygin
    Producer: Emily Wang

    • 38 min

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