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Community bands together to find rapist

Community rallies to find rapist. (Brittany Jones)
Community rallies to find rapist. (Brittany Jones)
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Updated: 12/13/2013 7:04 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local community is raising awareness about a rapist on the loose.

According to the police report, in late November a woman reported she was raped in late November near the Panda Express on Belfort Road.

Signs are now posted asking women and children to watch their backs when they are out. The police report said the woman went into the store to grab a drink, came out, and was then raped.

The report also stated she spent several hours in the hospital and was given a rape kit.

Action News spoke to neighbors in the area.

"Its a quiet neighborhood, a real friendly neighborhood, and I'm really shocked that something like this would happen like this in this neighborhood," said Jewel Turner.

Organizations like Reclaim Global are asking the public for their help to find this rapist. They marched and posted signs asking the community to be aware.

Dr. Kaye Smith, founder of Reclaim Global, said, "We are out here to alert this community that hopefully, prayerfully, we can make women start looking over their backs so that he doesn't get another opportunity to rape another woman."

Smith works closely with the unnamed victim and tells action news she's now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Smith said they are awaiting the results of the rape kit.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told Action News the case is still under investigation and they aren't releasing any more details.
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