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Alaska sexual violence far worse than reported: study
Reuters: A new study posits that while nine in ten cases of sexual assault go unreported in Alaska. The state has the nation's highest rate of sexual assault, where 37 percent of surveyed Alaska women had been victims of sexual violence.
"For every case of rape reported to police in Alaska, the state that consistently posts the nation's highest rate of sexual assault, another nine cases likely go unreported, according to a new study presented on Monday to the state legislature.
The study, conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage's Justice Center and cooperating researchers, found that 37 percent of surveyed Alaska women had been victims of sexual violence, and 4.3 percent within the last year.
The 871 women surveyed for the study reported "astonishingly high" rates of sexual violence, said Andrew Rosay, director of the university's Justice Center.
"More than one out of every three experienced sexual violence at some point in their lifetime," Rosay told state senators at a committee meeting held on Monday in Juneau."