PRESENTATION: Sisterhood and Start By Believing
The excitement of rushing Greek life and living in the Alpha Phi sorority house made Kimberly Corban’s first two years of college unforgettable. When she and five of her sisters decided to live together the summer before their junior year, they could never have imagined just how important the bonds of sisterhood would become.
On the early morning hours of May 12th, 2006, a stranger broke into the ground floor apartment, held Kimberly captive for two hours, and sexually assaulted her.
Throughout “Sisterhood and Start By Believing”, Kimberly will engage audiences with the stories of her battle to survive the moments, months, and even years after her attack. The response by her Alpha Phi chapter and the entire Greek life community at the University of Northern Colorado set the tone for her journey to healing, and for helping other victims. Had Kimberly not been believed, the outcome would have been vastly different.
Approximately one in five college-age women will experience sexual assault. Because of the high prevalence among sorority women, it is safe to assume we all know a victim. They may not yet have disclosed their experiences, so how sisters respond to other disclosures influence their willingness to speak out or ask for help.
This keynote offers inspiration and tangible ways to advocate for and respond to victims of sexual violence. Utilizing End Violence Against Women International’s Start by believing campaign, attendees will walk away feeling inspired and ready to take action within their own community to implement prevention education programs and practices.
- Describe positive and negative responses to disclosures.
- Recognize cognitive bias and actively combat victim-blaming practices and verbiage in chapter and Greek life settings.
- Consider trauma-informed changes to current new member curriculums within chapters.
- Recognize the necessary steps to launch a Start by believing campaign.
- Recognize and respond in a trauma-informed manner to sisters in crisis.
- Develop a chapter-specific prevention program.