Pruitt: "... affects Oklahomans from every community ..."
April is national Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Oklahoma City resident Tonia Byers, a sexual assault survivor, was a guest speaker during a recognition ceremony at the state Attorney General's office on Monday.
"We should feel no shame in coming forward. This was done to us. not by us," Byers said.
Experts say many cases of sexual assault are not reported, because some victims think their stories of abuse will not be believed, or that law enforcement can't help them.
Figures from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center show 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped, at some point in their lives.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt said: "It's imperative that we make clear that violence of any kind is not acceptable and we must continue to hold offenders responsible."
(Tonia Byers speaks during Monday's media event at the offices of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.)