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May 9, 2013

Rape victim has closure after 28 years of fear


NORMAN, Okla. —

“My words are not for him. My words are for victims and advocates and law enforcement and prosecutors and the general public to educate. That’s who my words are for,” she said.

Terrell also said that Bruce’s first reported rape was in 1983, while Oklahoma Supreme Court Network (OSCN) records only showed rapes from 1985 to 2006.

“Then you have to question that, I’m sorry, I don’t think he went from ’83 to ’85 and then from ’85 to ’87. He raped in between there,” she said.

She believes that not all of the rapes he committed have been solved in Norman or in all of the states he was in. She said she wants to encourage anyone who didn’t report to step forward so they can get closure in their case like she has had the opportunity to do.

She said she was grateful for the government choosing to bring him to Oklahoma to prosecute him and provide that closure for all of his victims.

“It’s just all kind of surreal to me that it’s come full circle but you know, I’ve had 28 years to deal with it too. The last rape that happened in 2006, that young woman hasn’t had time, we’re talking seven years ago, it’s not that long,” she said.

She appreciates all of the law enforcement involved in catching Bruce.

“I think that this case shows an incredible amount of coordination between law enforcement across the states and it really was good old fashioned law enforcement work that caught him. I’m really proud of our police officers and our detectives for that hard work,” Terrell said.

She also said she’s had a lot of angels throughout the whole process, including the dispatcher who answered her phone call.

“The person that took my call and told me, ‘You’re going to be OK, we’re sending someone your way and it’s going to be all right,’” Terrell said.

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