The victim, who was able to fight off her would-be attacker, spoke exclusively to ABC11 Eyewitness News Thursday.
She says she fell asleep on her couch and woke up to the fight of her life.
"I started fighting as hard as I could," she said. "I don't think I ever fought so hard in my life."
The 25-year-old, petite sized woman says the man was a stranger.
"I don't even know where he came in or what," she said. "I don't know how long he could have been in there."
The woman says the man broke into her home on Pebble Beach Dr. Wednesday around 1:30 a.m.
"He pushed my head down on the couch so hard. That's what woke me up," she said.
The woman asked that her identity be withheld. She says she struggled with the suspect for several minutes.
"At times, I felt like I was going to give up, but in my mind, but in my body, I just kept fighting," she added.
She eventually bit him and was able to escape. She last saw him running toward Hollenden Drive.
"I don't think it's something I'm ever going to get over," she said.
She says she wants police to catch the man.
"He's sick," she added. "He needs help. I feel bad for him. I do, I feel bad for somebody that's that sick and they can come into somebody's home and try to basically mess my life up."
The suspect is said to have a slender build and is around 5'6" tall. He has a beard and a mustache and was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and dark shorts.
He may be in his 30s or older.
Anyone who was in the area at that time and may have seen something, is encouraged to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.