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Rape Survivor Speaks Out After Attacker Arrested Again

Posted July 16, 2006

— Fourteen years ago, Wendy was raped by Robert Tyler in Wilson's Toisnot Park. While she wanted to tell her story, she did not want to give her last name.

"He managed to pick me up and throw me to the ground and do what he did," said Wendy.

Tyler received a 35-year sentence, but was released in 2005 after serving only 13 years in prison. On Friday, he was arrested again; accused of raping another woman in the same park.

"I'm not surprised that it happened again," said Wendy. "I was angry that they let him out. Very upset that for the woman that it happened to. It shouldn't have happened."

Wendy said she was never notified when Tyler went up for parole in 2005. She said she felt if she had the chance to speak, he would have never been released.

"It just goes to show, if he's done it again, it was nowhere near long enough," she said. "If they had kept him in for the full 35 years, this woman would not have had this happen to her. She wouldn't have to go through the hell that I'm going through."

Wendy offered advice for the latest alleged victim.

"Be strong," she said. "Don't let him win. That's what I did."

Tyler is being held at the Wilson County Jail. His bond is set at $5 million.

WRAL does not normally identify rape victims, but the victim consented to the use of her first name in this interview.


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