Kimberly Corban grew up in Greeley, Colorado and still has the pleasure of calling the Rocky Mountain state home. In May of 2006, Kimberly’s life was irrevocably changed when a stranger broke into her college-area apartment, held her there for two hours, and raped her. She immediately reported the crime to authorities and served as the key witness in her attacker’s trial, successfully garnering a sexual assault conviction.
Following the jury’s guilty verdict, Kimberly made the brave decision to release her name to the media with the goal of saving even just one victim, providing them the courage to come forward as well. Over the past several years, this has proven to be a rewarding yet tireless effort to educate the public on sexual assault and the impacts these crimes have on so many survivors. She has presented to numerous advocate groups, high schools and colleges, justice professionals, and various government agencies internationally on sexual assaults, using her case as an illustration for how the criminal justice system should work.
As a criminal justice graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado, Kimberly got involved in changing policies and impacting legislature on a state level. What started as a testimony in front of her own elected officials exploded into a national conversation on victimization and self-defense. She worked for many years as a victim’s advocate with the local police department and later with the 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In 2016, Kimberly questioned President Obama during a live telecast of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. Her unwavering voice for victims of violent crimes captured the nation’s attention and provided a fresh take on the realities of sexual violence, trauma, and recovery.
Kimberly has been featured on many major news networks including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, and OANN. She often lends her voice to multiple syndicated radio programs and print media to include The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Elle Magazine, MSN.com, the New York Times, and countless other online publications. Today, she has followed her true passion and tours the country speaking to campuses and organizations about sexual assault education and victim advocacy. Her recent TED Talk “How My Sexual Assault Was Hijacked by Politicians and Lobbies” has received high praise and sparked both timely and timeless conversations about survivors of abuse.
A mother to four young children, Kimberly stays plenty active and has no shame in singing Disney songs at full volume with her kids. Her husband Michael is as fiercely supportive as he is quick to roll his eyes at her “punny” sense of humor. Kimberly hates running yet does it anyway, loves all things that have to do with llamas, is a serious movie quoting buff, and is not very sarcastic.