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VIDEO: A thought provoking conversation about sexual assault on college campuses

National education reporter Emma Brown interviews Know Your IX co-director Dana Bolger, RAINN advocate and board member Tracy Sefl and recent college graduates Katherine Bowman and Kristin McCovery about sexual assault and campus culture. (Video: Washington Post Live)

June 17, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | The Washington Post

The Washington Post and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation teamed up to poll more than 1,000 people nationwide who have attended college within the past four years about sexual assault and campus culture. Post reporters then interviewed more than 50 women and men who responded that they had experienced unwanted sexual contact — or attempted or suspected sexual contact — while they were students.

Students and prominent policymakers had a candid wide-ranging discussion Wednesday about one of the most pressing issues facing young people on college campuses today.


Higher education writer Nick Anderson discusses the results of a groundbreaking Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey on campus sexual assault. (Video: Washington Post Live)
Kristin McCovery is a 2015 graduate of Howard University. She spoke at The Post's live event on campus sexual assault. (Video: Washington Post Live)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., discusses the argument for having a different standard of proof when judging sexual assault cases on college campuses. (Video: Washington Post Live)


Join the conversation June 17: 



-Marty Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post


-Dana Bolger, Co-director, Know Your IX
-Katherine Bowman, Volunteer, Rape Response Advocate, Crisis Center of Birmingham
-Kristin McCovery, Class of 2015, Howard University
-Tracy Sefl, Board Member and Advocate, RAINN
Moderated by Emma Brown, National Education Reporter, The Washington Post


-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
-Mollyann Brodie, Senior Vice President, Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation
-Debbie Wilson, Associate Athletic Director, George Mason University; Chair, NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force
Moderated by Nick Anderson, Higher Education Writer, The Washington Post


-Lois Romano, Editor, Washington Post Live


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in to office in January 2009. She is the first New York senator to sit on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in nearly 40 years. Before the Senate, Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District. Prior to her service in Congress, she worked as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade and served as special counsel to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration.

Dana Bolger is a columnist at and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a survivor- and youth-led campaign to end gender-based violence in school.

Katherine Bowman graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in sociology and honor’s anthropology, and a minor in French. She currently resides in Birmingham, Ala. and volunteers as a Rape Response advocate with the Crisis Center of Birmingham. As an advocate, her role includes providing support and resources to survivors of sexual assault. She also writes for a Birmingham-based website about modern women, called

Mollyann Brodie is responsible for all aspects of Kaiser Family Foundation public opinion survey efforts, including the monthly Kaiser Health Tracking poll, the foundation’s work on Americans’ attitudes toward global health policy and ongoing survey partnerships with media organizations. Brodie is also the president of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.

Kristin McCovery is from the surrounding suburbs of Chicago. She recently graduated from Howard University with a BA in political science and has plans to attend law school in the fall of 2015. She volunteered with RAINN in college after she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year in college. She says, “Volunteering has been one of the many things that has helped me in my healing process.”

Tracy Sefl serves on the board of directors of RAINN, which operates the national sexual assault hotline. Sefl is a co-founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking, and is a policy advisor to the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins University. She has published numerous academic papers focused on the community response to sexual assault, the physical health consequences of rape, the impact of rape on women’s sexual behaviors, the relationship between adult sexual assault and prostitution, and creating safe spaces for survivors in conducting research.

Debbie Wilson is an associate athletic director at George Mason University and is a licensed psychologist.  She has a private psychotherapy and sport psychology practice in Washington, D.C.  She is the past chair of the NCAA’s Committee on sportsmanship and ethical conduct and has served on the NCAA’s mental health task force. Previously, she was the women’s basketball coach at the Ohio State University for eight seasons. Wilson has over 30 years of professional experience working with athletes, coaches and athletics’ administrators at the high school, college, Olympic and professional levels of competition. She is the primary author of the NCAA guide, “Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence: Athletics’ Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses.” She currently chairs the NCAA’s newly appointed Sexual Assault Task Force.

Agenda subject to change. Biographies are provided by speakers and edited only for length and clarity. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dana Glosman at 646-563-6479.