President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 21, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM COFFEE TO OFFER
VICTIM’S PROTECTION LEGISLATION IN ’09 SESSION
Noting the increase in domestic violence in our
culture and the necessity to assure the rights and protection
of victims of such acts, Senate President Pro Tem Glenn
Coffee will offer two important pieces of legislation in the
upcoming legislative session to address victims’ concerns.
SB 894 will allow a rape victim to have immediate
access to medical care without pursuing legal charges against
her attacker. At this time, a nurse or other medical professional
is required to contact local law enforcement at the time a victim
seeks medical attention. Often, in the aftermath of an attack,
rape victims are too traumatized to seek medical assistance, knowing
their case will be immediately reported to law enforcement. Under
the provisions of SB 894, a victim can seek help, and pursue legal
recourse at a less stressful time in subsequent hours or days.
“Victims, traumatized by a sexual attack and
the specter of legal action, often delay or forego medical treatment,
for fear of the legal consequences,” said Pro Tem Coffee.
“This legislation will allow those victims of the most personal
violence imaginable the security of seeking help immediately,
and pursuing legal action at a time when they are under less pressure.
“This is a reasonable, timely reform for victim’s
rights,” Coffee said.
“Senate Bill 894 is very important to the
safety of victims and provides them better access to medical treatment,”
said Tonya Lee, a representative of the Coalition Against Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault. “In addition, this will bring
Oklahoma into compliance with the federal Violence Against Women
Coffee will also offer SB 932, allowing those who
have sought protection from an emergency Victim’s Protective
Order to obtain an emergency concealed carry license for their
protection. These one time licenses will be subject to the normal
OSBI background check, will last 180 days.
The licensee will be required to attend and pass the concealed
carry safety class as with any concealed carry applicant, as quickly
as is reasonably possible.
“Victims seeking protection from their attackers
often feel threatened and insecure even with a VPO on file,”
said Coffee. “This will give them more of a measure of security
as the legal process plays out.”