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With companies providing alcohol and celebrating team wins at happy hours, college rape survivors frequently find themselves hiding in plain sight. On this episode, Amber talks with Mary P. Koss, Ph.D., about the impact sexual assault and harassment have on women and what this perspective can offer business leaders, campaigns and policy-makers as we head back to school and work.
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One in five women in the United States has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and a large number of these assaults happen on college campuses. With more companies creating “fun” and “flexible” work environments designed around happy hours and free alcohol, college rape survivors oftentimes find themselves hiding in plain sight.

On this episode of The Tote + Pears Podcast, we’re discussing these issues with the woman who coined the term “Date Rape,” herself, Mary P. Koss, Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health. Professor Koss and Amber sit down to talk about Amber’s own experiences as a rape survivor, the impact sexual assault and harassment have on women, and what this perspective can offer business leaders, campaigns and policy-makers as we head back to school and work.

Trigger warning on this episode as we talk through tough topics like sexual assault, rape, and harassment. Listeners take care.

Mary P. Koss, PhD

Mary Koss, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She published the first national study sexual assault among college students in 1987, which is the subject of I Never Called it Rape:  The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape. (2019).

Her current projects are two randomized trials evaluations of sexual assault prevention:  Safer Bars (NIAAA) and E-AAA (a program enhanced with self-defense; Arnold Ventures Foundation of Canada).  Other ongoing interests are sexual assault surveys, survivor needs and recovery process, misconduct response processes and accountability for those responsible for sexual assault. She was the principal investigator of the RESTORE Program; the first restorative justice program for sex crimes among adults that was quantitatively evaluated (CDC).

Her credentials document close to 300 publications and sustained consultations with national and international health organizations and governments. She has received honors from the American Psychological Association:  the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy (2000), Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (2017), and the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award for Sustained Contributions to Psychology of Women.


Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States has been raped

Biography http://wavemaker.podbean.com/e/a-quest-for-justice%C2%A0stories-from-sexual-harassment%E2%80%99s-front-lines/  

National survey,  technical report and policy brief on sexual assault services tailored to victims’ needs: https://tjcinstitute.com/research/sexual-assault-victims-want-services-tailored-to-their-needs/

Experience from practicing Restorative Justice for sexual Harm:  Trauma, justice needs, participant satisfaction, equity, law and the future. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Koss%2Bone+standard+of+justice

Dzur, A. (2020) A talk with Mary Koss. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 3, 468-485.

https://feministvoices.com/profiles/mary-koss (History of Feminist Psychology)


Produced by: Kai-Saun Anderson
Music by: Music by: Podington Bear and A.A. Aalto

About the host

Amber Anderson

Co-Founder + Head of Strategy
Amber Anderson is the co-founder of T+P where she specializes in strategy, marketing and product management.

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