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Rape survivor seeking justice after nearly eight years

Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 19:23:10-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Connie Williams has been waiting nearly eight years for answers after she says was raped in an Oklahoma City bar.

"Every time it takes you right back," Williams said. "Any of the growth in that moment is gone, because you're in that moment again. You're not telling the story. You are the story."

Williams says she was assaulted and raped on Dec. 18, 2011 at a dueling piano bar in Oklahoma City. She had a rape kit exam done in Tulsa. Tulsa police held it for the Oklahoma City Police Department to pick up.

She says OKC police didn't pick up her rape kit and test it until this past January, seven years after she says the assault took place. No DNA evidence was found in the kit.

"Me getting raped is not the important part," she said. "That's what got us here. How it's been handled, that's what we need to talk about."

Now she is hoping the dress she wore that night will get tested and provide some answers. OKC police called her last Thursday and asked her to mail the dress. She decided to hand deliver it instead.

"It made me pull that dress out," she said. "It made me see, made me see what happened to me. It's telling its own story if they really want to listen."

Williams visited the state capitol Thursday to meet with a sexual assault task force and give police the dress. She is hoping her story will help others get the answers they want quickly and bring them justice.

"We're leaders in the opioid. Why can't we be leaders in sexual assault?" she said. "Why can't we be leaders in everything and show that we're proud Oklahoma?"

So far, no one has been charged in Williams case.

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