Kinston Rape Victim Speaks Out To Others Assaulted

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

31 violent North Carolina inmates are not going to be released from prison, originally set to get out because of a loophole in a law. Beverly Perdue announced her decision Thursday and says the criminals will have to serve their entier life sentences and can not be released early on good behavior credits.

Natalie Kaplan sat down with a woman who was kidnapped and raped by one of those inmates when she was 9 years old. Tanya Yearwood says she was overjoyed by the news Steven Wilson would be staying behind bars and now says she wants to reach out to other rape victims.

"That's my goal, my goal now is to help individuals that have been victimized. I know victims are afraid to talk, that's my calling, all this happened for a reason and tells me what I need to do to help other individuals.”

Yearwood says, the best thing an assault victim can do is talk about it, go to a counselor, or join a program. She says they have to realize it was not their fault and they can move on from the incident.

If you've been assaulted and need to talk to someone about it try contacting:

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

919-956-9124 (Toll Free: 1-888-232-9124)

NC Rape Crisis Centers:

(919) 871-1015

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