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YWCA Oklahoma City to host race to support victims of sexual violence

The annual 2 Minute 5k is held to raise money and show support for victims of sexual violence in Oklahoma. Organizers say a person is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States.
by Juliana Keeping Published: April 14, 2013
/articleid/3785879/1/pictures/2011695">Photo - Karla Docter, the senior director of sexual assault services at the YWCA Oklahoma City, displays a poster for the event. Photo provided
Karla Docter, the senior director of sexual assault services at the YWCA Oklahoma City, displays a poster for the event. Photo provided

Sexual assault is an umbrella term that encompasses different things, Docter said.

“Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact or attention, which can include things that are verbal, visual or physical,” Docter said.

Rape is a type of sexual assault, she said.

“In order for rape to meet a legal definition,” she said, “there has to be lack of consent, force, cohesion and penetration.”

Docter encourages victims of sexual assault to call the Oklahoma State Safeline — (800) 533-7233. They will be referred confidentially to support and services.

Knowing how to respond when a victim of sexual violence discloses what occurred is a key part of sexual assault awareness, Docter said.

“If someone confides in you, believe them, support them, refer them to services such as the YWCA,” she said.

The YWCA provides a free forensic exam within five days of a sexual assault, as well as an advocate who will travel with a victim to the hospital to provide comfort, support and referrals, she said. The forensic exam will not be turned over to police unless the victim makes the request, she said.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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Fifth annual 2 Minute 5k

Registration for the fifth annual 2 Minute 5k is ongoing online at The race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Stars and Stripes Park.

After surviving that assault, my community was there to provide resources, programs, services and educational services. I feel like it's only right to return the favor for other women and men who are going through this.”

Rachel Spiva,
Spiva, who said she was raped by a man after their relationship had ended, will speak Saturday at a race organized by the YWCA Oklahoma City.


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