published Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Rape victim reclaims her power by helping others

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    Taylor Walker, a 22-year-old Vanderbilt graduate who was attacked and raped in a campus parking garage in 2012, says the event changed the course of her life and spurred her to stand up against sexual violence.
    Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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 behind.

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.

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