“He thought he killed me,” Rape survivor breaks her silence to ensure attacker’s imprisonment

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (FOX 8)– A rape survivor broke her silence to make sure her attacker stays locked up.

Carrie Caudill, 47, spoke to FOX 8 about the most horrific day of her life,  20 years ago, when she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and tortured for hours by Larry Taylor.

Caudill decided to speak out, saying she doesn’t want to be seen as a victim, but instead, a survivor.

“He thought he had killed me,” Caudill said. “He cut off the ropes, threw me like a rag doll in his car and then threw me out on the side of the road.”

But she proved she was fighter.  She was able to run for help, and then worked with Erie County Sheriff deputies and prosecutors to convict Taylor, who was sentenced to 180 years in prison in October of 1995.

But now her fight continues.  This time, she is making sure Taylor stays in prison.

“He is a predator,” said Kevin Baxter, Erie County Prosecutor.  “I believe he will re-offend.”

Erie County officials, along with Caudill, have spoken to the parole board in an effort to keep Taylor locked up.

“The concern is if he is released from prison, at this point, there’s absolutely every reason to believe he will do it again, and perhaps the next time the victim will not survive,” said Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth.

Caudill wants to do whatever she has to do to keep Taylor and all sexual predators behind bars.

“I will continue my fight to keep him behind bars until he dies, or I die,” Caudill said.

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