COLUMBUS, Ohio — A rape victim was speaking out on Thursday, urging women to come forward to stop a man she believes has hurt others.
Amy Bourgeois said she was walking along Sullivant Avenue around 2 a.m. on Thursday, headed to the store, when a man stopped her to ask for directions and then grabbed her, 10TV's Cara Connelly reported.
10TV News does not usually identify sexual assault victims, but Bourgeois asked us to use her name and show her face. She said she wants the man accused of raping her to know she is not afraid.
The man pulled her into a vehicle, Bourgeois said.
"He brought me a couple blocks from where I live and raped me brutally, repeatedly," Bourgeois said.
After the attack, she said the man threw her out on the street and drove off, while she was wearing only a T-shirt, Connelly reported.
Bourgeois said the thought of her 10-year-old daughter gave her the strength to fight for her life.
"At the end he asked me if I had any last words before I died," Bourgeois said. "I just said I loved my family and to please let me go."
She said no one stopped to help her and she went to a nearby friend's house to call 911.
Police responded and found a man matching the description she gave. He was in custody and was charged with rape and kidnapping, Connelly reported.
Detectives said they are early in the investigation, but they are looking into the possibility that there are other victims.
Police have not yet released the man's name.
"Typically rapists have done this before, not all the time, but that is why it is important that everyone understand we look at every single report," said Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner. "If there are similarities we will go ahead and try and match those reports up."
Bourgeois has a message for other women who may have experienced the same thing.
"I was able to run away by the grace of God," Bourgeois said. "I'm standing here today, begging you, begging you women to come forward."
She also has a message for her alleged attacker.
"I will make sure that you never see the light of day again," Bourgeois said.