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Rape and assault survivor returns to her alma mater to advocate for victims

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - She was raped, beaten, stabbed and strangled, but survived.

Now Kimberlee Morton makes it her mission to keep violent offenders behind bars.

The 2009 graduate of Herkimer County Community College came back to her school on Tuesday to tell students her story

Not a peep came from the audience as Morton addressed them. Back in her home state of Tennesee, she pushed for a law that states violent offenders can not be released for good behavior.

She now lives in the greater Utica area and will head to Albany in March to make the pitch to our state lawmakers. As powerful as Tuesday's story was, those in attendance said they walked away feeling good.

"My message is, no matter what you have or what goes on in your life, you can make it," Morton said. "Just because something horrible has happened to you, that doesn't mean you can't go on and you can't have a bountiful life."

Representatives from the YWCA and Herkimer County Catholic Charities were onhand during the presentation and if you are ever in a domestic violence situation, you are encouraged to call any of the two 24 hour hotlines: 315-797-7740 in Oneida County and 315-866-0458 in Herkimer County.

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