“Start by Believing” A Case Study in Transforming Victims to Survivors

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 13, 2023

Kimberly Corban
Kimberly Corban
Survivor & Advocate
Michael J. Rourke
Michael J. Rourke, JD
Weld County District Attorney

Have you ever wondered what the long-term impacts of being believed can do for crime victims? Join survivor advocate Kimberly Corban and Weld County, Colorado District Attorney Michael J. Rourke as they discuss Ms. Corban’s 2006 assault by a stranger who broke into her college apartment. The investigation, prosecution, and agency collaborations that brought this highly publicized case to a successful conclusion lay the foundation for an in-depth discussion on how we achieve justice. Had Ms. Corban not been believed, the outcome would have been vastly different. She will describe her own experiences as a victim of the morning of May 12th, 2006, as well as the hours, days, and months afterwards. On the flip side, District Attorney Rourke will detail the criminal justice response to include mistakes and how we can fight together for positive change. The side-by-side telling of this story offers inspiration and tangible ways to advocate for and respond to victims. If want to learn what Start by believing looks like in action, this session is for you.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Evaluate best practices for sexual assault case management.
  • Describe examples of adaptive advocacy and how they can be applied by participants’ organizations.
  • Analyze strategies to address mental health challenges for victims and their support systems.
  • Recognize the “after” of cases including victim notification, recent legislation, and the impact of the “Start by Believing” campaign.

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