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Survey reveals higher rate of violence against Alaska women
Anchorage Daily: The University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center surveyed 871 Alaska adult women in the first survey of Alaska women about sexual assault and domestic violence. The survey returned much higher numbers than those based on crimes reported to law enforcement, including that more than half of the women surveyed had been victimized at some point in their life.
"The first survey of Alaska women about sexual assault and domestic violence found that more than half had been victimized at some point in their life and about one in eight had been victimized in the year before the survey. The University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center surveyed 871 Alaska adult women by telephone in May and June under a $280,000 state grant. Women were picked randomly. Researchers called cell phone and land line numbers from across the state.
For years, Alaska has struggled with high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence, but those findings are most often based on crimes reported to law enforcement. The new survey found much higher rates. Gov. Sean Parnell said the findings confirm that Alaska is in the midst of an epidemic of sexual and domestic violence.
He said his administration has been pushing to address the problem on several fronts including public education to prevent violence, tougher sentencing for abusers and more support for victim services such as shelters, he said. Some crime bills passed this year, and more work is needed, he said."