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

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

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 Kimberly’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 identify justice. Had Kimberly not been believed, the outcome would have been very different.

Adaptations in advocacy are evolving faster than ever to reach victims in their own spaces, especially when we must imagine alternatives to justice. Kimberly will describe, through her own experiences, how to innovate and reimagine outreach efforts and influence professionals within your organization. Resources and messaging for victims who have not disclosed or were not believed are also addressed.

If you’re seeking inspiration and tangible ways to advocate for, and respond to victims, this is the session 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 in the Weld County community.


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