This Rape Survivor Has An Important Message About Preventing Sexual Assault

You could say that rape survivor Kim Corban is pro-choice. She wants the right to choose what she uses to defend herself. She happens to choose a gun.

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By her account, Kim Corban wasn’t raised in a particularly pro-gun family. She said that she had to learn the hard way of the importance of using guns as self-defense weapons.

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In 2006, when she was a 20-year-old college student, a stranger had broken into her campus-area apartment, where for two hours, he sexually assaulted her.

She was nearly convinced that that was how she was going to die. But in the off-chance that she got through it – which she did, obviously – she made a decision not to let this happen to herself ever again, or to her kids later on in life, if she was able. She got herself a concealed carry permit and trained with firearms.

Now 29 years old, Kim Corban is not only a rape survivor, but also a mother of two and an ardent gun rights advocate. She attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 5th. Here’s what she told the audience in a forum titled “Thank God for Guns in America”:

“I didn’t come to this [issue] growing up in politics. I came to this in the worst way possible.  In 2006, a stranger broke into my college-area apartment, held me for two hours, and sexually assaulted me.

“I had to lay there at 20-years-old and think, okay, this is how I’m going to die. It was in that moment when I was completely defenseless that I knew I was not going to let this happen to myself, my children, or anyone else, if I was able.

I took my Second Amendment rights very seriously after that. I trained and learned that concealed-carry was the way I wanted to best defend myself.”

“It wasn’t until 2013, when Colorado was trying to pass an expansive gun control package that I got up off of my couch and down in the seats in front of my own senators that worked for me, and told them this is how this is going to impact me.

I am a survivor of rape, and I am telling you I want my right to choose how to defend myself. And that, for me, is with a firearm. Why are you trying to legislate me into being a victim?”

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