BA Sexual Assault Victims Share Their Stories To Help Others

Monday, May 1st 2017, 8:00 pm
By: News On 6

Two sexual assault victims are telling their stories in hopes that they can help others. 

Julie and Linda were both recovering from injuries in a Broken Arrow rehabilitation center when they said a nurse attacked them.

Julie had fallen off a ladder and broken her hip and Linda was recovering from back surgery. 

They were already vulnerable and thought they were in a safe place, but police said they were two of the women who were preyed upon by a nurse who was supposed to be taking care of them.

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Julie and Linda said the relive what happened to them every single day.

Linda said her nurse, Wesley Harrison, came into her room on New Year's Eve of 2015 to give her her medication and right away, she knew something was wrong.

"I went into a daze," Julie said. "I come to, there he was, hovering over me. Every time, I kept pushing him back, he would say, 'it's okay, it's okay, you're safe, it's okay.'"

The next morning, she wasn't sure whether it was real or a terrible dream.

"When I went into the restroom, I had a hickey on my breast and thought, he did do that."

Linda said her first encounter with Harrison was also New Year's Eve. She said he grabbed her out of bed at midnight and kissed her twice.

"Who picks people up and drops them and kisses them? This is crazy!" she said. 

She said a couple of days later, he brought her medications even though he worked in a different wing, and after that, began rubbing on her body.

"He kept saying, 'this is what real nurses do, this is what real nurses do,'" Linda said. 

She called the police and a total of four women at Forrest Hills in Broken Arrow came forward. They fired  Harrison and police arrested him. He now faces seven counts of rape and sexual battery and has pleaded not guilty.

His trial is now set for this October. His victims said it's very frustrating how long it takes the justice system to work.