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Organizations Gather to Support Victims of Crime

The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma hosted a “Day of Hope” Friday at Tulsa’s Promenade Mall.

The purpose was to pass safety and victim resources to the public. One organization in attendance was Coffee Bunker, a nonprofit advocating for veterans. Coffee Bunker Chaplain Greg Bilbruck said for him the event was about solidarity.

“We’re out here with the United States Attorney’s Office, the Sherriff’s Office, Muscogee Creek Nation. We’re here just to support victims and try to get justice for them,” said Bilbruck.  

Veterans involved in the criminal justice system may be at a higher risk for suicide. Sexual assault is also an ongoing problem.

“A lot of veterans have sexual misconduct that goes unreported. Unfortunately it’s higher among female veterans. But male veterans get sexually abused as well. It’s important to not ignore them,” said Bilbruck.

Governor Kevin Stitt also briefly spoke with participants at the event, including Shawn Partridge, Director of Family Violence Prevention for Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Partridge said she wants to continue to raise awareness about issues facing the reservation.

“I think everywhere on our reservation crime is a problem. Right now Oklahoma is third in the nation for women killed by men. So lots of issues in regards to crime and public safety,” said Partridge.

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