UCO, YMCA start program to fight domestic abuse

EDMOND, Okla. - In rapes and sexual assault the victim will know the perpetrator about 80 percent of the time, officials said.

That's why the University of Central Oklahoma and the YMCA are creating a program designed to help sexual assault and domestic violence victims and raise awareness about the problems, said Josh Beasley, the chief development officer for YMCA Oklahoma City.

"These aren't scenarios where they have to go through this alone; there is help out there," Beasley said.

UCO's Violence Prevention Project is a pilot for similar programs that will begin soon at five other state universities.

The program is funded through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Staff and Wire Reports

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

Oklahoma City and Midwest City police are investigating an alleged abduction and sexual assault of a 29-year-old woman.

Investigators said a man broke into the woman's home near May and Grand avenues early Sunday morning.

"We know the victim was forcibly taken from her home, taken to another location in another city we've identified, and both physically and sexually assaulted," Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Mike Klika said.

Police said the suspect and the victim know each other. 

The suspect could be facing several charges including first degree burglary, rape and domestic violence, police said.

Officers have a warrant to arrest the suspect in this case.