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Rape counts keep rising even as police clear fewer cases

The number of reported rapes and attempted rapes in Oklahoma climbed for the seventh consecutive year in 2018, reaching its highest level in at least 20 years, new data shows. But it’s unclear whether most of the increase came from a rise in...


In rural areas, a ceaseless struggle to get domestic abuse victims to testify

On a March morning in 2017, Tamera Moore, a 38-year-old woman living in the southeast Oklahoma town of Valliant, began the day with a bitter argument. She and her boyfriend, Geoffrey Briley, began quarreling and she told him she wanted to break up....

 By Whitney Bryen    Local    June 6, 2019

Strangulation of women is common, chilling – and often a grim harbinger

On a June night last year, an argument broke out at an Atoka County home. A woman’s teenage daughter was playing loud music, and her husband asked her to tell the daughter to turn the music off. The argument escalated, and the woman said her...


In unannounced move, Oklahoma jails begin collecting DNA from arrestees

With no announcement, Oklahoma jails are beginning to collect DNA from individuals arrested on felony charges – the first step in implementing a controversial state law passed two years ago. So far, hundreds of jail inmates have had the insides of...


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