Woman who jumped out window to escape rapist survives

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By: Sanvi Rizvi 

A woman felt that she had no choice but to jump out of a window, according to witnesses.

The victim of sexual assault has launched herself out of the window located on the third floor of a building in Brooklyn, New York, to escape her attacker early in the morning and miraculously survived.

She landed in the backyard of a building on Putnam Avenue, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, and loudly shouted for help, a witness said.

"She screamed for an ambulance and the police," a neighbor said. "She shouted that someone had been trying to rape her."

Her desperate pleas woke everyone in the building at 5:53 a.m. "The noise from the fall was very loud. She must have fallen into some garbage cans or something because her landing was so strong. She kept screaming: ‘Help, help,’ again and again," Tiffany Sweeten, 25, said.

The neighbors did not recognize the victim as a person who lived in their building, they said. "I think she could have come to visit someone. I did not recognize her voice," Sales Truman, 55, who awoke to the sound of screams, said.

"It sounded like she was in a lot of pain," he added. A super in a neighboring building answered her screams, witnesses said and called authorities for help.

She was taken to Kings County Hospital.



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