President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION PASSES SENATE
President Pro Tempore Glenn
Coffee applauded the passage of Senate Bill 894 that brings
sufficient protection to rape victims.
Senate Bill 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 dealing with the legal consequences,” said Pro Tem
“This timely victim rights reform will provide security
to those victims of the most personal violence imaginable, so
they can seek help immediately, and then pursue legal action at
a time when they are under less pressure,” Coffee added.
Senate Bill 894 also brings Oklahoma into compliance
with the federal Violence Against Women Act. The legislation will
now to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee's Office: 405-521-5636