The Edmond Sun

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April 8, 2011

Victim makes assault stats come alive

EDMOND — Like many women, Jenna Scully’s story includes a life-shattering incident involving sexual assault.

Police say too many victims don’t report them; Scully did. Just 36 percent of completed rapes and 34 percent of attempted rapes were reported to police, according to a national survey.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Scully recently shared her story during a press conference at the state Capitol.

On Aug. 25, 1991, four days after she turned 18, she was raped. She was at a man’s Oklahoma City-area home where she had gone to baby-sit. He never left and raped her in front of two young children.  

During the assault, which lasted somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour he threatened to kill her. She refused to surrender quietly. She noticed a tattoo on his arm and told him he was identifiable.

“Just let me leave,” she said to him.

At about 5:30 p.m., she recalls, she left the home and wrote down the man’s car tag number. She went to the nearest familiar police station — Warr Acres; the agency with jurisdiction was The Village Police Department.

Then her mother took her to a hospital. She recalls staff there treating her well. At the rape crisis center, the specialist was so professional and kind that the experience affected her deeply on an emotional level at the most horrible moment in her life.

On Aug. 29, 1991, Oklahoma County prosecutors filed a first-degree rape charge against Kenneth Duane Sanders, according to court records. Scully said prosecutors and the judge were phenomenal.

On Feb. 24, 1992, the jury trial began. Opening statements were made by the state and defense counsel. Witnesses and evidence were introduced. Two days later, closing arguments were heard and the jury retired to deliberate; at one point she learned they had a hung jury.

On Feb. 27, 1992, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty and set punishment at 20 years, the minimum possible sentence.

After the trial, Scully spoke with two of the jurors. One of them felt the defendant was a nice man and didn’t want to ruin his life. The other juror said the physical evidence in the case didn’t seem that bad, she recalls.

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