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March 31, 2014

Attorney General asks Oklahomans to wear teal

NORMAN — Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking Oklahomans to participate in Wear Teal Day on Tuesday to raise awareness and show support of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.  

“Our citizens deserve safety and security. Violence of any sort that threatens our communities is not acceptable,” Pruitt said. “The Attorney General’s Office is committed to working with law enforcement, district attorneys and advocacy groups through our Victim Services Unit to strengthen the network that supports sexual assault survivors and their families, and bolsters victims’ rights.”

Since 2001, Sexual Assault Awareness Month has been observed across the nation to raise awareness of sexual violence and to help educate the public about prevention. The color teal and the teal ribbon represent awareness about sexual violence. For many, this color symbolizes hope, healing, trustworthiness and protection.

Sexual assault and abuse includes any type of sexual activity without consent and can be verbal, visual or anything that forces unwanted sexual contact or attention. According to the National Institute for Justice, most victims know their offender and a majority of assaults go unreported each year.

Victims are urged to report the crimes to local law enforcement and are encouraged to seek help. Many resources are available across the state. To report assault or ask for help, call the statewide 24-hour hotline at (800) 522-SAFE.

The Attorney General’s Victim Services Unit has administered funding and certification for domestic and sexual violence programs throughout the state since 2005. The unit also provides training for law enforcement, prosecutors and shelter workers.

The mission of the AG’s Victim Services Unit is to improve services for Oklahoma crime victims and families who have suffered injustice at the hands of an offender.

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