Respect my Red because I am powerful and no one can take that away from me.
I found the great value in Katie’s presentation to be twofold – one, it opened their eyes to the reality of date rape that they may encounter in college. And, her presentation didn’t treat them like they would all be perpetrators of this type of crime, but rather that they can prevent it if they see warning signs of it happening to others. Katie’s story was incredibly powerful and catalyzed important and meaningful discussion in our subsequent reflection sessions. Also, speaking as a woman, it was important to me to see our students engage with this topic and Katie held their attention well.
It would be my pleasure to recommend that Georgetown Prep bring Katie in to speak to your young men. When she was here, speaking with our seniors, you could hear a pin drop in the room. Perhaps most importantly, she tells her story in a way that is not accusatory or reproachful, demanding that those who hear it be extra vigilant about their own decision making… but rather, in the model of creating “men and women for and with others”, Katie encourages her audience to be active in social settings where they believe something that is not quite right may be taking place. To intervene or diffuse. I’m certain we will continue to have Katie back to speak to our upperclassmen.
Anthony D. Locricchio