JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After police arrested Michael Lourcey, 26, in two attacks on women they worry there could be more victims out there.
One of the victims, Bell Carol, spoke out about the attack. Her courage to speak could motivate more women to step forward.
"I begged on my hands and knees. I begged for my life. Please don't kill me," said Bell Carol of the attack.
According to Carol, Lourcey brutally attacked and sexually battered her. Carol is homeless and lives outside a vacant building. She did not want to hide her identity because she is a survivor.
"He hit me over the head with it. The first hit sent me into shock," said Carol.
Local psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Christensen, has treated many battered women at the Sulzbacher Center. According to Dr. Christensen, the fact that Carol shared her story is rare in the homeless community.
"One is a stigmatization of being traumatized of being a victim that plays a huge role. I also think it's an extremely traumatic experience to retell," said Dr. Christensen, Director of Behavioral Health Services at the Sulzbacher Center.
If there are other victims out there, the Sulzbacher Center hopes they will be as brave as Carol and speak up.
"Come and talk to somebody, their first impulse may not be law enforcement but come and seek assistance," said Dr. Christensen.
Carol hopes sharing her experience will also help someone else.
"I don't want anyone to go through what I'm going through," said Carol.
If you know someone who lives on the streets and is a victim of a crime call the Sulzbacher Center Hope Team at 904-568-8343.
Lourcey is still in jail awaiting his next court appearance.