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Woman who tweeted about rape takes stand

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The details were graphic and raw, at times too disturbing to hear. A 25-year-old woman took the stand in Hillsborough County court and told a jury how she was attacked and raped in the converted school bus she lived in at the time.

"As soon as he was distracted I got up to run," the victim said.

In May of 2011, Tampa police investigators say Charles Newbold broke into a refurbished bus the woman lived in and attacked her.

She described how Newbold began violently choking her.

"He forces his arm so hard against my neck I can't turn my head to breathe," she said.

Then, she says, he sexually assaulted her.

She said after 15 seconds of terror, she was able to get away and run for help.

Pictures of her cuts and scratches were shown to the jury.

DNA evidence and a shoe print left inside the school bus led to his arrest.

It's not the first time the victim has shared the horrific details of her brutal rape with the public. The same day of the attack, she got on Twitter and wrote about the sexual assault. She tweeted a description of her attacker and then added, "broke into (the bus) & raped me. Glad I'm alive."

The defense team pounded on that evidence, questioning her motives, but the woman fired back.

"Because the most important thing to me was to try to find the man that tried to kill and rape me," she said.

The victim stopped tweeting about it after police asked her to, but the damage may have already been done. Anthony Rickman, an attorney not connected to the case, says it will all come down to how the jury perceives her motives.

"Is she fabricating a story or trying to make a name for herself on Twitter, and a juror may not like the fact of the things she wrote on Twitter," Rickman said.

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