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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Jones knew she had to leave her southeast Alaska village when she came home to find her husband clutching his loaded rifle.
An increase in violent crime in Alaska is largely due to aggravated assaults involving gangs in Anchorage, according to law enforcement officials.
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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