The Edmond Sun

State News

January 30, 2014

SANE room opens: YWCA Enid site of new exam room

ENID, Okla. — For about the last year, if a woman were sexually assaulted in Garfield County, she would have to travel more than a hour to Stillwater for an examination that could ensure her attacker faced justice.

Wednesday, public and civic officials gathered to mark the opening of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination room and the YWCA Enid.

YWCA Enid Board President Roxanne Pollard said Wednesday marked an exciting time for the organization.

“We are the only YWCA that has a sexual assault nurse examiner program,” she said, “and the only SANE room in northwest Oklahoma.”

District Attorney Mike Fields shared a startling fact with the standing room only group there for the ribbon cutting: one in five women in the United States will be sexually assaulted.

“In my 18 years as a prosecutor, I’ve spoken to many victims of sexual assault,” he said. “I’ve listened as they’ve described in graphic detail how they were assaulted — the fear and the pain they experienced.

“I’ve listened as they’ve described the shame, embarrassment and humiliation they felt as they stepped forward out of the shadows so their attackers could be exposed to the light and to justice.”

Fields said with each of the stories and each case prosecuted his resolve has only grown stronger.

“I want our officers, investigators and prosecutors to be tireless seekers of justice and the truth. This is critically important,” he said. “While the march toward justice begins with a courageous decision to step forward, our ability to seek and to obtain justice rises or falls in direct proportion to the thoroughness and professionalism of the investigation.”

Fields said sexual assault investigations are “unique and complex,” and must be complete and comprehensive, but they also must be respectful and compassionate.

“I’m so pleased to be here today,” he said. “This is the culmination of so much work by so many people.”

Fields said having a SANE program in Garfield County is proof the community cares about sexual assault victims and the justice they deserve.

“The YWCA’s sponsorship of the SANE program, along with St. Mary’s support, will ensure that our community’s response to sexual assault remains strong,” Fields said. “Having the examinations here where victims have immediate access to advocates and counselors and even the Crisis Center, if necessary, sends them the clear message that they’re important, that their case matters and that we’re going to do everything we can to seek and obtain justice for them.”

The district attorney thanked those involved with bringing the SANE room to the YWCA.

Fields thanked Ann Bryant, who learned of the lack of such a program in Enid from her daughter, Hope Bryant, who works in the Fields’ office, and wrote a grant to receive funds for the room. He also thanked United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma for giving a grant to the program. He also thanked St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, which donated $5,000 and medical supplies for the room.

Fields also thanked Enid Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the two SANE nurses attending Wednesday’s ribbon cutting.

“Working together, we’ve made our community’s response to sexual assault stronger,” he said.

YWCA Enid Executive Director Kim Blankenship said she was overwhelmed by the show of support from the Enid community.

1
Text Only
State News
  • police car.jpg Enid man injured following pursuit

    Larry Lynn Edwards was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center following the 11:32 p.m. crash on 30th Street, just north of Fox Drive, with head and internal body injuries.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas man critical after ATV crash

    Edward Alan Bourland, 37, of San Angelo, Texas, was taken from the scene of the 3 p.m. collision by Eagle Med and flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

    July 26, 2014

  • Logan County pays off jail tax early, seeks new one

    Logan County is paying off a sales tax ahead of schedule and needs a new one to be able to afford funding jail operation and maintenance, officials said.
    Citizens vote on the county sales tax which is split for redistribution by state law. The tax is collected by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and redistributed back to the county as specified by voters.
    In 2005, citizens passed a 10-year sales tax, scheduled to end next month, to fund the building, operation and maintenance of the county jail, which operates on a $1.3 million budget. Jail capacity is 188 without anyone in a holding cell or a temporary bunk. Thursday it was holding 130 inmates, said Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens.

    July 26, 2014

  • MS_Andy Billups.jpg Local man relies on experience in July 4 emergency

    Andy Billups just happened to have gained experience as a combat zone firefighter/medic while he was serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq.
    The Edmond businessman just happened to have a friend with a place on Grand Lake where he has been viewing Independence Day fireworks for a number of years, and he just happened to be there July 4.
    And he just happened to be relaxing on a hammock when he heard a some kids making a commotion.
    Located two blocks east of Disney on State Highway 28 in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range in northeast Oklahoma, the 59,000-plus surface acre Grand Lake is known for its state parks, marinas, restaurants, motels and fishing.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Goo Goo.jpg The Goo Goo Dolls: A long way from making racket

    Group in concert with Doughtry and Plain White T's Aug. 5 at the Enid Event Center

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Navy Honor_1_BV.jpg ‘She’s my rock’: Family honors sailor who goes beyond service

    Kimberly Henry has a job in Navy intelligence and beyond that, has committed to hundreds of hours of volunteer work throughout her tours of duty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Quake rattles Helena area

    July 25, 2014

  • Oil-Covered Owls_2_JN.jpg Oil-covered owl dies: Oil field tank site investigated

    Jean Neal and her husband, Jim, of Fairview, have been caring for the owls, which were covered in oil, since Tuesday when they received them from Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • peach formatted.jpg Hard year for peaches doesn’t dampen summer tradition  

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they’ve come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.
    Like the aging water tower, Porter’s peach industry isn’t as vibrant as it once was.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • MS_weather graphic 1.jpg Chances for rain to follow triple-digit highs

    Chances for rain on multiple days will follow near triple-digit highs during the weekend.
    A National Weather Service-issued heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday and afternoon temperatures are expected to top out in the upper 90s to lower 100s into the weekend. Maximum heat-index values will range from the upper 90s to 105-110 degrees through Sunday.
    Cooler weather is expected next week as a strong cold front passes over the region.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo