Tulsans participate in walkout for sexual assault survivors

Tulsans participate in walkout for sexual assault survivors (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A movement across the country supporting the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reached Tulsa this afternoon.

Between the hustle and bustle of downtown Tulsa at lunch time, a small group stood quietly, hoping to share a big message.

“I want people to know there are people who believe and support them,” Domestic Violence Intervention Services employee Megan Martin said.

#BelieveSurvivors was written on every sign carried by employees from Domestic Violence Intervention Services.

All were standing in solidarity outside of the courthouse.

“It is important to believe people who are sharing traumatic experiences such as this and support them through that,” CEO of DVIS Tracey Lyall said.

Lyall says that doesn’t happen often enough.

So, with thousands across the country, Lyall and her crew took a stand.

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“Wanting them to know we are here in support of them,” Lyall said.

Accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prompted the nationwide walkout, but there are countless other reasons for this walkout.

“There are an enormous amount of sexual assault survivors,” Martin said.

Attorney Megan Martin started her career in family law. She was frustrated that victims weren’t able to afford the help they deserved, so she joined DVIS.

“It was a way to give back to the community, to share my knowledge and to help a population that did not get that as often as they should,” Martin said.

She’s now hoping her message is heard loud and clear.

“We listen to the stories; we believe them,” she said.

DVIS has a 24-hour information and crisis line you can call if you have been affected by sexual assault. That number is 918-7-HELP-ME

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