Former college athlete and sexual assault survivor Monika Korra will be making a public-speaking appearing at Texas A&M University-Commerce next week.

Korra’s story has been documented in an ESPN-produced feature titled “Breaking the Silence.” Korra, from Norway, won the bronze medal in the 3000 metre steeplechase at the Norwegian championships in 2008. She soon received an athletic scholarship run at Southern Methodist University.

In late 2009, Korra was kidnapped and raped by three men. Korra stood up to her attackers in court, and all three were convicted. She survived the ordeal, and according to a biography on her website, “she made the decision to not let that event destroy or define her life - she would fight until she felt whole again. She would survive. “

She founded the “Monika Korra Foundation” in 2012 to create awareness of the prevalence and effects of sexual assault and to provide a place of healing for victims. She has since authored a book and routinely travels the globe to speak about her survival story and the importance of stopping and overcoming sexual assault.

Noah Nelson, Vice President for Media Relations & Community Engagement at A&M-Commerce, says that Korra’s message is timely, as more people are speaking out about alleged assaults and the topic is at the front of public consciousness.

“Korra advocates for victims to come forward and for behaviors to change. The message of Korra’s perseverance is absolutely important,” Nelson said. “It can happen anywhere, including college campuses.”

The event is free and open to the public. Korra will make an appearance on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Ferguson Auditorium on campus.

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