Norman holds community conversation on rape

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NORMAN, Okla. - A community forum in Norman addressing sexual assault and rape.

This, after Oklahoma schools have made national headlines tied to rape.

You'll, recall wrestlers at both Norman North and Southmoore were recently accused of sexual assault.

An open discussion took place Thursday night.

"What is the best response to have?" asked Norman PTA Council president Breea Clark.

A question many have when it comes to rape or sexual assault.

"The best thing you can say to someone is 'I believe you. I'm sorry this happened to you, and you didn't deserve it," said a staff member from Woman's Resource Center of Norman.

Representatives opening up a difficult conversation.

The Norman schools superintendent familiar with sexual assault incidents.

"What do you do about it, and how do you react, and this is the way we do things in our district, and this is the way we do things in our community," said Norman superintendent Joe Siano.

Even students from Norman North here to support.

"I know so many kids who their parents have never said anything to them about what they need to do and if something happens, where they need to go," said Megan Moore, an 11th grader from Norman North High School.

This junior led efforts to start the 'Trust Club' in an effort to help her peers.

"We shouldn't be complaining about anything other than our teachers are giving us too much homework, and we're having tests on the same day. It was bothering me to have kids complaining about that and having them complain about sexual assault in our schools," Moore said.

A tough topic this community said they're ready to fight against.

"We know we play a key role, but we also know we can't do it by ourselves. We need parents. We need community resources," Siano said.

"It's one voice for all. We stand up for those who don't have a voice to stand up and who just can't," Moore said.

For more information on community resources click here.

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