Moore said they now offer the program at every Norman school. Classes for adult women also are hosted at Norman Regional Hospital. The program serves women ages 13 to 91, he said.
“I have also never been in a class when a student didn’t disclose something that compromised their rights, whether it be rape, sexual abuse, fear of another person or sexual promiscuity. Each time this happened, the student didn’t have the courage to report the issue before the class, but the class promoted their own human rights, and they had the courage to report,” Sutherlin wrote.
Police Chief Keith Humphrey said it’s great that a program focusing on empowering young women is being recognized.
“It’s another opportunity for us to work with the public and empower the public where they can reduce their chances of becoming a victim and becoming more of a survivor,” Humphrey said. “It lets them know that it’s OK to report. They have nothing to be ashamed of, and we want them to know when to report crimes and how to report it.”
Moore said they are lucky to have such great support from Humphrey.
“I cannot say enough about the chief of police. He’s community-oriented, he’s backed us fully in taking this program as far as it can go,” Moore said. “I’ve always wanted to make a difference, and this is it.”
MPO Marcus Savage, who also has helped develop and instruct the program, said education is a big part of prevention.
“Sometimes it’s not just police work that goes into this. We try to get information out there to prevent crimes,” he said.
Savage said he’s excited about the program receiving the award.
“I’m glad that it’s viewed as something that would be deemed so great to get this honor,” he said.