Durham rape survivor: 'It pisses me off. This can't go unnoticed.'

Monday, December 18, 2017
Durham rape survivor speaks after attack at dog park
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The Durham woman beaten unconscious and raped in a dog park just steps from her home is speaking out for the first time.

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The Durham woman beaten unconscious and raped in a dog park - just steps from her home - is speaking out.

ABC11 asked her why she wanted to come forward. And she said it's because crimes like this can't go unnoticed.

"I think it's only right that people's attention be brought to this. Someone who behaves in such a manner as this can't go unnoticed for long."

She also wants her attackers to know she is not a victim.

The wife and mother of two took ABC11 back to the place where she was sexually assaulted more than a week ago off Penrith Drive in Durham.

"It pisses me off.," she said. "Rape is already a cowardly act. You just don't get more cowardly than rape. But to come up behind someone, knock them out, and not even give them a chance to fight? That just shows their coward ness."

The woman's husband found her 20 minutes later unconscious, lying on the cold, wet ground with her pants down.

The couple believes she was targeted. They said the day before the attack, she was approached by two random men.

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Her husband called 911 to report someone tried to follow her home and even knocked on the door.

Right now, she said her husband and children don't leave her side out of concern and worry.

Meanwhile, the investigation into who did this is ongoing.

"The detective who is on the case is a good man; a really nice man," the woman said. "He keeps us updated on everything."

Her message to women?

"When you think that you're being safe. You can never be too safe. Don't go anywhere without letting someone know where you are going. Try not to go alone."

The woman said she is thankful for all of the community's support. Her family has decided to leave the Penrith neighborhood; they're moving to another county in the Triangle.

Investigators are looking for two white males in their mid-20s to early 30s. One was wearing a grey coat and the other was wearing a red coat.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Sandoval at (919) 560-4440 extension 29461 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.