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San Marcos rape survivor wants her story told

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SAN MARCOS (CBS 8) - A woman who says she was raped last weekend while working at a San Marcos smoke shop wants her story told.

The woman says 27-year-old Jason Stey attacked her when she was alone inside the store. The suspect was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday, but we're learning he's since died of an apparent suicide while in custody.

Milan Leone, 20, wants you to see her face because she's a survivor who wants other victims of sexual assault to know it's OK to come forward.

[VIDEO: WATCH the COMPLETE INTERVIEW with Milan Leone]

Stey, the man accused of raping and beating Leone and beating her dog at the Dab Central Smoke Shop on Sunday night, is now dead. Sheriff's investigators say he died Tuesday night at a hospital from injuries sustained during a suicide attempt in his jail cell.

One woman who spoke to CBS news 8 is wondering why Stey was even out on the streets to begin with.

"I lived in fear for a long time," she said.

The 27-year-old San Diegan, who asked us to conceal her identity, says she was brutally attacked by Stey at a friend's house in Poway back in 2008. She says she was alone in bed when Stey – a friend of a friend – suddenly appeared.

"Jason Stey came into the room and attacked me and punched me in the face over and over and over and over just like he did to this girl in San Marcos," she said.

She says she couldn't breathe out of her nose for weeks.

"The first blow was straight to my mouth, my teeth cut through my lip. I had a bloody nose, bleeding from my mouth, he punched me over and over. I had big goose eggs on my face, on my forehead, on my arms, because I had fallen to the floor and was screaming," she said.

She was told Stey already had two violent felony convictions, and that this would be a third strike, putting him in prison for a long time, but what she didn't realize is that her case was only classified as a misdemeanor. In 2011, Stey was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, but again, avoided a third strike as part of his plea bargain.

"My message to this girl in San Marcos is sorry, this never should've happened to you, and I'm sorry and I feel like something could've been done to protect you and other people in the community," she said.

Milan Leone's friends have started a GoFundMe page to lessen the financial burden. For more information, CLICK HERE>>.


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