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"Fear and violence, when it is wrought by the criminal act of another, can beget two kinds of results. It can be debilitating and ruinous, leaving victims a shell of their former selves, changed forever.

Or, for some people, it can prove the old clich: What doesn't destroy you makes you stronger.

For the past year and a half, rape survivor Kimberly Corban has lived both outcomes.

The 21-year-old college student has spent sleepless nights huddled in her parents' bed, reduced, as she described it, to a frightened 5-year-old afraid of the monster in her closet. She fell behind in her course work, she has been hospitalized for seizures brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder, and for months, she could not muster the will to leave her bed when the sun started breaking through her window.

But then there's the strong Kimberly. She is still the independent, fun-loving college student who can't wait for Rush Week at the University of Northern Colorado, when she will meet new lifelong sorority sisters. She speaks in front of crowds of strangers about her personal horror, hoping to impress upon even one woman that she, too, can make a difference. Prosecutors and police officers are amazed at her poise, her drive and her dignity, miraculously intact after her worst nightmare materialized. She is not just a victim anymore. She is turning her rape into a new direction for her life, one of advocacy, aid for others, even a new career path.

She is proof that sometimes the greatest courage comes from the worst struggle."

Read the rest of the Greeley Tribune article HERE.



 


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