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Forensic sexual assault exams now available in Grayson County

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-- Sexual assault victims in Grayson County can now get help locally thanks to Texoma doctors and support services.

For the first time in 7 years victims of sexual assault in Grayson County can get help faster.

"We're starting to be able to see sexual assault victims in our local hospitals," Rachel Morgan with the Grayson Crisis Center said.

The Grayson County Crisis Center, the District Attorney's Office, TMC, WNJ and other agencies all came together to make this happen.

"It allows the victims to be able to be seen quickly, not have to go down to the metroplex. These nurses can be found when we need them locally for prosecution," District Attorney Joe Brown said.

Now that the services are in Texoma the investigation for authorities can to begin immediately.

"The whole thing goes more quickly because victims are able to get to a provider more quickly. The case is able to move through the system more easily," Brown said.

This program will serve adult and child victims of sexual violence. And now that it is local officials believe more people will report their assault.

"It's a tragedy when women, whomever is the subject of that type of crime. So being able to minimize that impact I think is a great thing," Jeff Waters said.

"I think it's really important for victims of sexual assault to know that they have options. And I know a lot of cases go unreported, so I think this is a great way to help them feel like they have another out," Mackenzie Waters said.

Local agencies said they hope this program will help make the county a safer place and eliminate sexual violence.