2022 Tillman Scholar

Kate Kozain

University of North Carolina
Juris Doctor

“I want to vindicate victims of domestic and sexual violence and disavow the behavior of perpetrators – there is no room in our society for the violation of another’s bodily autonomy.”

Kate comes from a family that is rich with military service. However, her true inspiration to join the military stemmed from her brother joining the United States Army. She began her military career as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the Army where she intended to serve veterans with post traumatic stress as a physician. However, her focus shifted from medicine and working with combat veterans to law and working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Kate first became aware of these issues when friends, family members, and strangers confided in her about their own abuse, starting when she was fourteen years old. Her Army sponsored service trip to Burundi and her deployment to Afghanistan were other eye-opening experiences that exposed her to the complexities and prevalence of gender and sexual violence globally. Her experiences overseas influenced her career change to pursuing a proactive career in combating sexual and domestic violence here in the United States.

While serving, Kate volunteered as a Victim Advocate for the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program. She served in the position since 2017 and advocated for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Kate left active-duty to pursue her law degree at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She aspires to become a criminal prosecutor for a District Attorney’s Office or for the Department of Justice. Kate’s ultimate goal is to bring justice to perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence and to help shift our culture surrounding these issues.