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Alaska is beating drunk driving

The good old days weren't. By almost all measures, Juneau - and Alaska as a whole - is safer today than it has been at most points in the last 40 years. While the population of the state and borough have grown, crime has fallen.
Survey finds widespread violence against Nome-area women

ANCHORAGE - A new survey has found that at least 51 percent of women in Alaska's Nome region have experienced physical abuse or sexual violence, or both, at the hands of an intimate partner.The survey was authored by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center and the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The results were released last week.
Preparing for the worst at Bartlett

Homer nurse Colleen James had been working in her field for about five years when she was confronted with something she'd never dealt with before - a child patient who was sexually assaulted.
UAA study of Anchorage police shootings released

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police officers fired their guns on 45 occasions in the line of duty over a 20-year period, according to a new study of local police shootings.
Officials eye new ways to add to village safety officers

JUNEAU - Since taking office in 2009, Gov. Sean Parnell has made strengthening public safety in rural Alaska a priority, particularly as he seeks to crack down on domestic violence and sexual assault.
Gov: Businesses can play role in fighting violence

JUNEAU - Employers need to start thinking of domestic violence and sexual assault as a personnel matter, not merely as a personal problem, Gov. Sean Parnell said Monday in calling on Alaska businesses to join his fight to end the scourge over the next decade.
Poll finds baseline stats for domestic violence in Alaska

JUNEAU - A survey intended to provide a baseline for domestic violence and sexual assault rates in Alaska has found nearly 48 percent of women have been threatened or physically harmed by a partner during their lifetime.
Alaska crime victims isolated

Susan Jones knew she had to leave her southeast Alaska village when she came home to find her husband clutching his loaded rifle.
Gangs blamed for Alaska crime spike

An increase in violent crime in Alaska is largely due to aggravated assaults involving gangs in Anchorage, according to law enforcement officials.
Downtown Anchorage march and rally held to support victims of rape and sexual assault

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's rate of sexual assault is more than 2.5 times the national average. With that in mind, residents took to the streets Thursday night in downtown Anchorage in an annual event known as "Take Back The Night" to send sexual predators a message: Rape and sexual assault will not be tolerated. Erin Patterson with Standing Together Against Rape, also known as STAR, told KTUU-TV that the rally and march is a safe place for survivors of sexual assault and rape to share their experiences.


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