Before attending college, Kylie was unaware that sexual violence posed such a widespread risk on campus. While at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Kylie was raped and sexually assaulted by a friend. As part of her healing she became a dedicated advocate for survivors, co-founding a student organization called Revolution Against Rape to spread awareness of sexual assault and prevention.
Following her graduation as a Registered Nurse in May of 2013, Kylie and four other women (represented by civil rights attorney Gloria Allred) filed a federal and civil Title IX lawsuit against UConn through the US Office of Civil Rights, reporting a failure of the school to ensure their rights. During this time, Kylie testified before the Connecticut state legislature about her experience. As a result, the legislature unanimously passed a bill addressing sexual assault on college campuses which the Governor signed into law. The case against UConn was settled in July 2014.
Kylie continued her activism as an Advisory Board Member for the nonprofit Stop Sexual Assaults in Schools, the first organization created to address K-12 sexual assault and Title IX. Kylie has also spoken at schools including The Harvard Law School, Cornell, Vassar, Fordham, Buffalo State, Ithaca, West Texas AMU, University of Memphis, and the Global Women's Institute at George Washington University. She has also presented at high schools including the Latin School of Chicago to students and parents about sexual assault awareness. She also gave the keynote address at the National Criminal Justice Training Center Conference in Greenbay, Wisconsin as well as Featured Lunch Speaker at the “We Are Title IX” conference at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Kylie’s work is featured in the compelling documentaries “Seeing Allred,” “It Happened Here,” and “Slutwalk: A Day in Her Heels.” She has been interviewed by Katie Couric and Connecticut Public Radio, and has appeared in pieces by “The New York Times,” “The Huffington Post,” “The Washington Post,” “Marie Claire,” and “Inside Higher Ed.”
While leading her classmates as Nursing Class President, Kylie was named Outstanding Woman Scholar by the UConn School of Nursing, awarded the Spirer/Dueker Student Life Humanitarian Achievement Award by UConn Student Life, and honored as one of UConn Today’s Exceptional New Graduates. She has been named Activist of the Month by the Connecticut National Organization of Women, Woman of the Month by Connecticut Young Women Rising, and Woman of Inspiration by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund. Kylie will graduate in the summer of 2019 from the Smith College School of Social Work with her Master's in Social Work.
She can be contacted at 413-695-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or speaking event/workshop requests.