This series probably reads more along the lines of a community development class than news. A Downtown area Oklahoma City patrolman for the OKCPD is arrested for a variety of crimes, against 8 African American women. The issue sheds light on the acts of one person in violence, but Oklahoma City has a rash of violence with mounting and alarming numbers.
Downtown Oklahoma City hosted the first child sex trafficking sting in 2004, Stormy Nights, was run by the FBI. Oklahoma is 3rd in relational violence deaths,( male on female successful homicidal acts). Oklahoma is 9th in interpersonal violence and crime. Oklahoma is 5th in gang violence.
Unlike Nashville, Downtown Oklahoma is absent a professionally designed study to assess causality ( a.)why is there so much violence in OKC, and b.) how is the response system dealing with any of it) , though this series has pulled forward some known factors for same.
As the CDC is the most recently released data, it is remarkable the CDC interpersonal violence rep, who is over both CDC and WHO on the topic has never studied the inbound reporting process as a baseline of success or failure, nor any of the process of investigations, as the health circuit by history is uninvited as an entity ( SANE nursing and SANE MD are at the table, but not the general health department).
Again, given Atlanta’s Dr. Gene Abel’s ( sex offender treatment specialist) statement that sexual assault is a public health menace, and child sexual abuse itself a hate crime, who best to divine this, other than a health system, who expertly manages measurement of so many other things and sets up ongoing systems for report, effectiveness of systems, investigations and supportive response? FIRST?
Having a measurement formally of what is happening, designed by professionals for accuracy would certainly show a.)what it is that is in place, b.) what gets used ( properly or improperly) what is c.) omitted and what is d.) refused to victims of violence by human acts, e.) by unavailable service.
By the same token, what is in place, what is refused, used and omitted to measure or provide prevention services to the aggressor… and how do the service providers and their administrators fare? From the beat walking cop to the victim’s advocate to the Mayor and all in between.
Downtown OKC needs a comparative like the Polaris Project state map, from that culled data, which shows what people are getting out of services, what should they be getting out of services and where we need to shore up services. We have no data that is a meaningful matrix on the services now in place versus what could be and needs to be and must be. Victims and abusers BOTH need better care.
It is remarkable that this writer learned of such news of the increase in Downtown Oklahoma’s status in deadly partner violence against women from an article sent from the Tennesean,Brian Haas reporter there. Nashville news already has completed a study of some sort, and returning numbers which show at least some liabilities and some assets in their service continuum. Nashville is a sister city in size and culture in some ways. Nashville is 5th in this CDC listing ( which is referenced in article 10 in this series.)
Why isn’t there already a hook in the water to professional grade resources, a call into the CDC interpersonal violence rep to get this thing rolling for Downtown Oklahoma? Or is this another one of those things Governor Mary Fallin wants to say Washington should keep it’s hands off of? We are failing. Oh. BTW, CDC… it’s in ATLANTA.
Recap: Most all people victimized by sexual assault and domestic violence have some experience of the actions, which begins with a glance or first breath from the aggressor to the victim. EVERY time.
See that graphic for the Wheel of Power and Control for a general read of what is included in those dynamics, recall that is not a list of lethality in physical contact, and it isn’t a list of sexualized or sex acts.
In that, understand that most every victim would benefit from a health assessment, which includes review of supportive social and mental health needs and possibly medical treatment. Once the reader understands this focus rolls from THAT, what is the question again, of who should be planning the evaluations and immediate care and service to any age person who is victimized in interpersonal violence? In that moment, and beyond. What if health were the locus of control and then they tipped it to police?
Oh. That’s right. Oklahoma Health Department operates on permissions, as does the Downtown Oklahoma City County Health Department. Neither is currently invited into the process of sexual assault or domestic violence response. Uhm. Why? And who could change that? It is a top down federal request to the CDC, or it is from, say the Downtown Oklahoma City based Mayor or the Governor or the Downtown Oklahoma City based OKCPD Police Chief? Who is witholding resources to understand and resolve this set of problems which is deadly?
And again, following this writer’s presentation of concern to the Downtown hosted Oklahoma City Council Meeting August 26th, Mayor Mick Cornett reported he did not know what the Council role was with issues like sexual assault response, and a report was to be disseminated to the Council at some later date.
What will the greater Oklahoma City and Downtown Oklahoma City public call for? Please contact your representatives with your questions or suggestions about what next right things are.