Last year, as the tenth anniversary of my sexual assault approached, I thought through all the details of May 12th, 2006. I had been speaking publicly for many years by that time, and I wanted a way to commemorate this date which just so happens to also be my mom’s birthday. We’ve always made a point of celebrating how far we’ve come as opposed to grieving what was lost that morning.

About a week prior, I sat down at my computer to write an article. I tried to convey everything the passage of ten years meant to me, and it became abundantly clear that I was including far too much information for just one online piece. They were the gut punches and pieces I’d held back for fear of shocking and scaring others. The minute-by-minute details took a chronological shape, too important to ignore any longer.

As I began loading them in to my Tweet Deck a couple days ahead of time, my nerves were at a pique. I know as well as any survivor of a violent crime how incapacitating it can be to share your story about the worst day of your life, but opening this to the entire world at once for commentary and criticism seemed a small price to pay if it fulfilled my one mission I’d set out to achieve by releasing my identity—to help just one other person.

The support I continue to receive from last year’s #Kim10 tweets continues to amaze me. It was real, raw, and truly a piece of my soul—and I knew it was time that it was shared. It prompted conversations in homes that may not have otherwise taken place. It showed readers the ripple effect crimes like these make in a community. And it introduced me to an incredible group of young women who felt empowered to share their stories as well.

This time last year, my dear friend Jenn Jacques of Bearing Arms and I had the wild idea that I should probably write a book, and she volunteered to help edit. I’d been writing about the assault since it happened, memorializing my darkest struggles as a victim as well as chronicling the criminal case as it moved through the justice system. I am currently hard at work to bring this project to fruition. No ghost writer, no big-money interest groups, no BS. Just me in the most honest and authentic form I can offer.

Much like the story unfolded last year throughout the day, I hope this project will do survivors justice and provide valuable information regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual preference, political affiliation, or otherwise. Talk to one another, start by believing, and never, NEVER give up.

Love to each and every one of you.

Sincerely, Kim

To my fellow survivors: Please be warned that my tweets today may include triggers. True and raw understanding of #trauma is the goal #Kim10

— Kimberly Corban (@Kimberly_Corban) May 12, 2016

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corban-headshot-1Kimberly is a mother, survivor, and passionate victim’s advocate.  In the last decade, she has become a nationally renowned voice for victims through presentations, commentary, and writing.  You can learn more about Kimberly and request her to speak through her website at www.KimberlyCorban.com.

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