President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
COFFEE REFORMS PROCESS TO PROTECT RAPE VICTIMS
President Pro Tem Glenn
Coffee applauded the signing of Senate Bill 894 into law that
will bring needed medical protection to rape victims.
The provisions in Senate Bill 894, authored by Pro
Tem Coffee, allow a rape victim to have access to medical care
immediately without having to file legal charges against her attacker.
Currently, a nurse or other medical professional is required to
contact local law enforcement at the time a victim seeks medical
attention. Rape victims are often too traumatized to seek medical
assistance when they know their case will be immediately reported
to law enforcement.
Senate Bill 894 passed the Senate with a 46-0 vote,
and the House with 97-0 vote. Through Senate Bill 894, Oklahoma
is also brought into compliance with the federal Violence Against
“An unfortunate reality is that victims of sexual attacks
often delay seeking critical medical treatment due to the fear
of dealing with legal consequences,” said Pro Tem Coffee.
“The unanimous support of this legislation shows that we
are a legislature that makes it a priority to ensure the public
safety of Oklahomans.”
“With the signing of Senate Bill 894, rape victims can now
have immediate access to treatment, along with peace of mind knowing
they can pursue legal recourse at a less stressful time,”
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee' Office: 405-521-5636