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CLEVELAND, OH -

A rape victim is speaking out in hopes of encouraging other victims of sex assault to stand up and get justice.

This victim, a mother of an infant, found herself grabbed on the street at gunpoint last month and sexually assaulted. It happened on Cleveland's north east side.

Weeks later, Cleveland Police Sex Crimes Investigators said they tied Michael Grant to that case and another rape, where a woman was attacked and videotaped.

This victim and police say they have good reason to wonder is Grant to blame for more?

"Like I could tell it wasn't his first time. Like certain stuff he said, and certain stuff he did," she said. "Just like I knew he'd done it before."

We've shown you how Grant almost slipped through the cracks.

He had no DNA on file even though he'd been arrested before but old-fashioned police work tied him to the sex assaults.

That's another reason why this victim wants women to speak up about any attack.

"And I just want other people to come forward if they've been raped, or a bad situation cause it's not fair," said the victim.

Grant is just 18. We went to his house near East Boulevard and St. Clair. His grandmother  doesn't think he could be involved in multiple sex crimes.

But that victim is convinced cops got the right guy, and she's determined to take a stand.

If you have a crime to report the number to the Cleveland Police Sex Crimes unit is 216-623-5630.

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