Reporting from Truth and Justice Summit on Military Sexual Violence

DSC_3938KO Consulting teamed up with Renna Communications to run the media for Service Women’s Action Network’s Truth and Justice: The 2013 Summit on Military Sexual Violence. This event, held in Washington, DC April 17-18, brought together over 250 participants, 100 of whom were veteran survivors. The Summit included an Intensive Media Training in partnership with Women’s Media Center, providing skills building for 9 participants.

With morning remarks by actress Jennifer Beals, and a compelling keynote address from Senator Claire McCaskill, the week’s events shined a spotlight on issues facing survivors of military sexual violence and the need for sweeping reforms. Take a look at this clip on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on The Ruth Moore Act, a bill that aims to fix the broken VA claims system for survivors of military sexual trauma. Here’s another piece from Maine’s Morning Sentinel about the Summit and the Voice for Change Award, given to Ruth Moore for her advocacy.

My work with SWAN will be ending this May, and I look forward to new partnerships and projects of this scale. Working with Renna Communications was fantastic, and I hope to do so again. If you are interested in working with KO Consulting for your major event, new project, or general organizational messaging, please feel free to get in touch! Drop me a line at


Update on Services Available through KO Consulting

Spring was a busy and heartening time in my work. One of my primary projects was planning and execution of press for Service Women’s Action Network‘s Truth and Justice Summit for survivors of military sexual violence as well as journalists, policymakers, advocates and service providers. This event took place in Washington, DC, and marked the first national gathering of a massive number of survivors. Working with SWAN has strengthened my skills and experience around media related to trauma. For this event, media efforts were in partnership with Luna Media Group. Working with them was a pleasure – they are based in DC, and I highly recommend learning more about their approach. Planning and executive of press conferences and media management around issues of violence are now services I am introducing into the roster of what is available through my consultancy.

I continue to enjoy the challenge of my work with SWAN as Communications Director. I also work part-time with experimental theatre group New Paradise Laboratories, and this summer will see us developing a piece entitled 27 for Philadelphia’s LiveArts Festival in the fall. Stay tuned!

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Support for your social justice and community work.

KO Consulting: Resource Development for Social Change was created to cultivate enthusiasm, energy, and resources for organizations in pursuit of a better world. With over ten years experience in nonprofit management as well as grassroots social justice work, KO Consulting Founder Katy Otto combined these two realms of knowledge to create a consultancy that looks at resource development from a holistic perspective, analyzing the strengths your organization, project, or group already has and building upon them. With a background in both journalism and nonprofit management, our consultancy helps to capture the human interest story behind the work our clients do as well as the societal impact and community value.

Services we offer include:

-Development plan construction and overview – working with staff and Executive Director
-Budget development and review – working with staff and Executive Director
-Grassroots fundraising plan – staff/Executive Director/Board of Directors
-Review of existing grant proposal
-Construction of new boilerplate proposal
-Copy for appeal letter
-Training in fundraising for volunteers, staff and Board of Directors
-Work on ongoing development tasks

Additionally, we provide support from start to finish for event planning, conference execution, social and traditional media campaigns, and a range of media campaigns.

We begin partnerships with an initial consultation free of charge to determine if our services are the best fit for you. Now located in Philadelphia, PA, we have remote clients in Washington, DC, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and nationally.

To get in touch for more information, please contact Ms. Otto:


Katy Otto is a member in good standing of the Freelancers Union.