|Monday, September 16, 2013|
|Rape survivor reclaims her power|
By Tony Gonzalez|
She’d made the walk to her little red car a hundred times before. But
on a rainy Friday night in February 2012, someone else was close
On the sixth floor of the Vanderbilt University parking
garage that night, a man ambushed then 21-year-old Taylor Walker as she
opened her car door and forced himself onto her.
The next few
minutes — the scariest she has known — would change the course of
Walker’s life. Her horror would later grow when she learned that the man
had been out on bond, charged with a previous rape attempt.
the aftermath, Walker has become a volunteer advocate for rape victims
and plans to attend law school to go into criminal justice work. She’ll
bring with her a deep understanding of what women face when they are
Walker, who graduated in May, wants to help
change a culture that has allowed sexual violence to continue, in part
by destroying the stigma so often felt by women who are raped. Although
The Tennessean usually does not name victims of sexual assault, Walker
insisted on being identified. She did so for one simple reason:
She didn’t do anything wrong.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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