TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- FOX23 talked with a rape survivor about her fight for justice.
- Danielle Tudor wants to see a change in Oklahoma laws.
- She's pushing for the statute of limitations to be eliminated on those who commit rape.
In an exclusive interview with FOX23, a rape survivor from Bixby said she is fighting for justice for other rape survivors.
Currently in Oklahoma, if a rapist is caught 12 years after the crime, charges cannot be filed. Danielle Tudor aims to change that and other aspects of the state's laws.
“There are things that you would think you already have a right to, but here in the state you don’t,” Tudor said.
Tudor told FOX23’s Cailey Dougherty that she was attacked at age 17 when an intruder broke into her home.
“Once he found me, he beat me and raped me,” Tudor said.
Her rapist was never prosecuted. Tudor said it’s likely many other cases have the same outcomes due to the state’s statute of limitations.
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A newly proposed bill aims to completely eliminate the limitations to allow a rapist to be convicted no matter when caught.
“That individual can walk into a police station and say, ‘Hey I raped so-and-so 12 years ago,’ and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Tudor said.
Other proposed legislation would clearly outline rape victims’ rights and address the significant backlog of rape kits sitting in storage rooms across the state.
"I will fight with everything within me to change what needs to be changed in this state,” Tudor said.
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