Rape survivor tweets horrific day 10 years later

Posted at 11:34 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 08:51:55-04

Sitting at her computer, Kimberly Corban shares a deeply personal account of her rape 10 years later as she tweets out details she has never talked about outside of the police investigation or court.

Corban began tweeting around 5:00 in the morning, around the time when the assault happened. During the course of the day she sent out dozens of tweets that tell her story chronologically.

"Each year that passes I always think about ok well I know this is the time of day that I woke up and this is the time that I placed the first 911 call," said Corban.

She also released that 911 call for the first time. You can barely make out her voice on the call as the dispatcher struggles to get her address. Corban pleads with the dispatcher, "Please hurry" and tells her "I was raped."

Corban spared details of the rape because she did not want to glorify the act. 

She was only 20-years-old at the time and attending college at Northern Colorado University. Corban was living with some of her best friends at an off-campus apartment in Greeley.

Her attacker entered through a window while her roommate was sleeping in another room. She said his voice still haunts her.

"That is something I will never be able to forget, I don't care how much therapy I go through or how many times I talk about it," said Corban.

In her tweets she explains the medical exam and police investigation that followed. Corban preserved evidence and talked with her attacker after the assault. She tried to find out his motive, at one point he told her that he felt bad about what happened and it ruined his day.

"And I actually remember far more details than I’m able to put into a 140 characters at a time," said Corban.

She used twitter to detail the medical exam and police investigation that followed. 

Her attacker was later arrested and convicted. He was caught taking pictures of women at an apartment complex weeks after the attack. He is currently serving 24 years to life in prison. 

Corban is a mother of two and works for the Weld County Prosecutor's Office.

"When you become a victim, that’s not your choice but what I’ve learned over the last 10 years is that being a survivor is," said Corban.

Corban will live do a live question and answer session on Periscope Friday, May 20. Anyone can submit questions on twitter by using #Kim10.

You can follow Corban on Twitter or join in the conversation by using the hash tag #Kim10.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE.


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