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WRC in the News

Women’s Resource Center in the News

Trigger Warning: Stories involving WRC often deal with complex and violent stories concerning domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, strangulation, weapons, and homicide. 

Domestic violence cases often difficult to prosecute

Prosecuting domestic violence defendants can be a difficult task, especially if a victim is unwilling to testify.

Jacobi Whatley, a Cleveland County assistant district attorney who specializes in domestic violence cases, said about 80% of abuse victims refuse to testify for a variety of reasons, including the obvious fear factor and a lingering love for the abuser.

STASH to highlight nonprofits, authors

An east downtown Norman business is set to host its first event combining literature, art and nonprofit organizations during the Second Friday Art Walk.

Standridge shares domestic violence bills

Domestic violence offenders could spend more time in prison if a proposal by Sen. Rob Standridge is approved in the 2020 legislative session.

Standridge, R-Norman, talked about his ideas during a town hall meeting Monday at the Norman Public Library. About 40 people attended the event.

Defendant pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in 2017

A man accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend chose to plead guilty the day his murder trial was scheduled to start in front of Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.

Jeremy Scott Bettes, 42, of Norman, was charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 24, 2017, slaying of Sharon Elizabeth Judd, 61.

‘It cannot be full consent’: OU drama alumna reports sexual relationship with professor who resigns amid Title IX inquiry

It had been more than six years when the actress posted “Me too” as her Facebook status.

October 2017 was a time of reckoning for the theater, film and media industries as the Harvey Weinstein scandal spurred the #MeToo movement across the globe. Actresses around the world were asked to post “Me too” as their status if they had experienced sexual misconduct or harassment in the industry.

In Chicago, an OU alumna was one of them.

OU Professor brings survivors’ stories to campus with #MeToo event

As the noon flow of OU students leaving and heading to class trickled down the South Oval, a row of white signs stopped many of them in their tracks.

The signs, some driven into the ground and others held by people, told anonymous stories of abuse and assault gathered from the university community and beyond.

The event, held during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was a physical display of @MeTooMeredith, an Instagram project from OU sociology professor Meredith Worthen.