Executive order creates sexual assault task force in Oklahoma

By: Katie Higgins

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • A new task force in Oklahoma could help sexual assault victims in the future.
  • Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive order Monday, "ordering the formation of the Oklahoma Task Force on Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence."
  • It orders each law enforcement operation to physically count all of their untested rape kits.
  • The task force will also identify ways to reduce rape kit backlogs, find new procedures to possibly test anonymous kits among other things.
  • Rape survivor Danielle Tudor wrote the legislation and says these kits hold information capable of catching serial rapists, solving cold cases and bringing justice for victims.
  • Tudor says a 2014 audit shows more than 3,000 untested kits in Tulsa.
  • Police say some kits are not tested when the attacker is already identified or when a victim doe s not want to move forward with an investigation.
  • Some say testing the kits could help identify a serial attacker.
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