Rape Survivor: 'I Want My Right To Choose'--to Defend Myself With a Gun

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | March 10, 2016 | 4:11 PM EST

Kim Corban and her two children.

(Photo: Kim Corban.)

Kimberly Corban, who as a college student in 2006 was sexually assaulted and subsequently became a gun owner and passionate defender of gun rights, told a forum at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that as “a survivor of rape … I want my right to choose how to defend myself,” and that is “with a firearm.”

Back in January, Kim Corban was at President Barack Obama’s townhall discussion on gun control, and told Obama that she has a responsibility to protect her children and herself with a “firearm of my choosing” and to carry it with her.

At CPAC on March 5, Corban took part in the forum “Thank God for Guns in America.” In her introductory remarks, she said,  “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,” she said.  “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,” said Corban.  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,” she said.

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

Kim Corban, 29, is married now and has two children. She is a gun-rights advocate and has done one advertisement about gun rights for the NRA. 

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman