Rebecca Kotz began educating and training on issues of men's violence against women at 20 years old.
She currently works for a victim-services non-profit in Minnesota as a sexual assault counselor, advocate, group facilitator, and professional trainer. She works with survivors of all ages and genders who have been commercially sexually exploited, involved in the sex industry, or trafficked.
Kotz developed and facilitates a pre-court diversion program for survivors of trafficking/prostitution.
She also developed and facilitates a demand reduction school (a.k.a. John school) for male offenders convicted of commercial sex-buying.
In the past she has worked or interned for a variety of human rights organizations and centers providing services for survivors of trafficking, sexual, and domestic violence. Some of these centers include 360 Communities Lewis House Battered Women's Shelter, The Advocates For Human Rights, The Institute For Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons, and the Department of Social Concerns at Catholic Charities.
Rebecca co-founded A Light In The Night, an outreach ministry for those involved in the sex industry. She also founded Churches Stand Against Violence & Exploitation (Churches S.A.V.E.), an interdenominational church coalition that takes action against trafficking, sexual & domestic violence.
She is a member of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force and previously a member of the Minnesota Department of Health Sexual Violence Prevention Anti-Porn Symposium Planning Committee.
Kotz writes for Arise, the official blog of Christians For Biblical Equality International. She writes on Christian feminism, egalitarian relationships & marriage, social justice, the harm of patriarchy, and eradicating men's violence against women. Her blogs have also been featured in Bridging The Gap and Patheos.
In college, Rebecca was a student activist who founded Students Against Trafficking & Sexploitation (SATS), the first student organization in Minnesota to solely address sexual slavery. She worked with the SCSU Women's Center on sexual assault awareness and was the President of Chi Alpha campus ministries.
Kotz graduated Magna Cum Laude from SCSU with a BA in Political Science and minor in Human Relations & Multicultural Studies. She earned multiple scholarships for her undergraduate work. Her senior thesis was titled, "Social Forces Grooming the Demand for the Sex Trade." She was awarded the School of Public Affairs Honor's Graduate Distinction for her academic achievement and defending an additional graduate thesis, "Legal Practices, Policies, and Programs Curbing the Sex Trade."
Rebecca has committed to use her voice as an activist, speaker, consultant, educator and writer to defend women's liberation, global social justice, and ending men's violence.
Rebecca currently lives in MN with her husband.
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Kotz speaking on the prevention of sex trafficking at the 2015 "Safe Communities" Conference in Elk River, MN.
Random Things About Me
I've been told I have a sharp writing style and a passionate, but gentle, speaking voice.
I have also been called a "prophetic pot-stirrer."
I put obscene amounts of cheese on everything. People who work at restaurants judge me constantly.
I love/hate being vulnerable.
I chase tornadoes- yes, for fun!
I have been known to audibly exclaim or fist-pump when I read something awesome.
A mocha is a hug in a cup. So are coffee-shop conversations.
Typically, I find orange to be a dreadful color, but orange flowers and autumn are my favorite!
Cinnamon rolls. Not gender roles.
You will not find me ashamed to call myself a Jesus-follower or a radical feminist. I clearly love loaded labels... probably because I want you to ask me about them and then we can have a good conversation. Try to put me in a box, though, and you will fail. I delight in busting your box.
I love to surround myself with women warriors who use their voice.
I find writing and speaking uncomfortably comfortable.
I owe a debt to all those that have inspired and challenged me and my work.
The survivors I have worked with are at the top of the list. Thank you for allowing me into your life and sharing your pain and joy with me. You are truly courageous and I will fight alongside you for the rest of my life.
Although I've learned from far more courageous activists than I could possibly ever give recognition to, I draw my inspiration from Andrea Dworkin, Gail Dines, Catharine MacKinnon, Robert Jensen, Dee Graham, Allan Johnson, Jackson Katz, Melissa Farley, Judith Herman, Lierre Keith, Sheila Jeffreys, Rachel Lloyd, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Shane Claiborne, and other fierce agents of change.
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde
© 2016 Rebecca Kotz
Kotz speaking at a church event on rape culture and the impact of pornography on our society.