Before attending college, Kylie was unaware that campus sexual violence posed such a widespread risk. While at the University of Connecticut Kylie was raped and sexually assaulted by friends. As part of her healing she became determined to share her story, and in doing so became a dedicated student advocate for survivors of sexual violence.
Continuing her advocacy after graduation as a Registered Nurse from UCONN in May 2013, Kylie and four other women (represented by civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who in 1973 represented Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade) filed a federal and civil Title IX lawsuit and Clery Act complaint against UCONN through the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and Department of Education (DOE).
During this time, Kylie testified before the Connecticut state legislature to raise awareness of campus sexual violence. As a result, the legislature proposed a bill addressing sexual assault on college campuses. Just one year after being voted into law, the bill more than doubled UCONN’s annual number of reported rapes. Kylie’s groundbreaking work is featured in the compelling documentary It Happened Here and the Pact Four Front Documentary Slutwalk: A Day in Her Heels. Her own case against UCONN was settled in July, 2014.
Kylie has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell University, Vassar College, Fordham University, Buffalo State, Ithaca College, Mitchell College, New Jersey City University, and local high schools. She has also been featured on NPR, in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed. She has been interviewed for the WHUS Radio show “Full Frontal Feminism” and movie critic Jan Lisa Hutner's “The Hot Pink Pen, and shared her story on “The Katie Couric Show.
Kylie has been recognized as the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund "Woman of Inspiration" as well as Young Women Rising's "Woman of the Month." Kylie was honored to be invited to lead a discussion of It Happened Here at the Annual Women’s Arts International SWANN Day as well as at the Global Women's Institute (GWI) at George Washington University,.
Kylie is an Advisory Board Member for the nonprofit Stop Sexual Assaults in Schools (#ssaisorg), the first organization and only non-profit created especially to address K-12 sexual assault prevention and students' Title IX rights.
As a newly born activist on her college campus she spoke at events such as Slutwalk: A March to End Victim Blaming an event that she co-organized geared at reducing victim blaming, The Vagina Monologues, and “Take Back the Night.” In addition, Kylie was co-founder of a student organization called Revolution Against Rape (RAR), with the goal of putting an end to Rape Culture on college campuses, in which she worked with state legislature members and students alike to spread awareness of sexual assault prevention.
During her time as a nursing student Kylie led her classmates as Class President and earned the titles “Woman Scholar of the Year” and “UConn Today’s Exceptional New Graduate.” She also received the “Student Humanitarian Achievement Award” and was named the CT National Organization of Women’s “Activist of the Month.”
Kylie is a nurse based in Connecticut where she works at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She welcomes anyone to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with requests for lectures, screenings, or general questions.