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Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse 

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  • The 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) life time estimates, specific to Alaskan women are:
    • 58% have experienced intimate partner or sexual violence.
    • 47.6% have experienced intimate partner violence.
    • 37.1% have experienced sexual violence.
  • 70% of ALL reported sexual crimes in the United States involve children (U.S. Department of Justice).
  • Victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, and engage in destructive behaviors with drugs and alcohol (Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACE study).
  • In FY 2010, 41% of the cases seen at Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) in Alaska were ages 0-6, 36% were
    ages 7-12, and 23% were ages 13-18 (Alaska Children’s Alliance - ACA).
  • In FY 2010, Alaska CACs saw a total of 1,694 children (ACA).
  • In FY 2010, 35% of the cases seen at Alaska CACs were boys (ACA).
  • Between calendar years 2001-2011, the Alaska State Troopers (AST) responded to and/or investigated 40,796 domestic violence offenses (DPS).
  • Between calendar years 2001-2011, AST responded to 5,484 sexual abuse of a minor offenses (DPS).
  • Between calendar years 2001-2011, AST responded to and/or investigated 4,483 sexual assault offenses (DPS).
  • 303 (29%) of the victims of sex crimes in AST reports were 13-15 years old, and 74% were less than 18 years old (UAA, Justice Center and AST 2003/2004 study).
  • The most common age combinations in sex crimes cases: victims were 0-12 years old, suspects were 31 or older (UAA, Justice Center and AST 2003/2004 study).
  • The most common relationship between victim and a suspect in sex crime cases is friend or acquaintance (UAA, Justice Center).
  • A child was present in 43% of assaults involving domestic violence reported to AST (2004). In addition, 26.4% of eyewitnesses were under the age of 18 (no difference between being present and being an eyewitness) (UAA, Justice Center).
  • More than 90% of abusers are people children know, love, and trust (Darkness to Light).
  • There are 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America (Darkness to Light).
  • There are currently 699 sex offenders (registerable and non-registerable) in the custody of Department of Corrections (DOC), and there are an additional 654 who are on supervised probation (DOC).
  • During calendar year 2010, 17% of submissions given to the State crime lab were related to sex crimes (DPS).
  • From 2003 to 2010, the average rate of reported forcible rape was:
    • 2.5 times higher in Alaska than nationally.
    • 2.6 times higher in Anchorage than nationally.
    • 4.5 times higher in Fairbanks than nationally (Uniform Crime Report).
  • 4.8% of Alaska-resident women who delivered a live born infant in 2010 reported physical abuse* by husband or partner during the 12 months prior to pregnancy and 4% of mothers of newborns reported physical abuse* by husband or partner during pregnancy. *Includes being pushed, hit, slapped, kicked, choked, or being physically hurt in any other way (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System 2010).
  • In the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of Alaska high school students:
    • 12% reported that they were hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the past 12 months.
    • 9.2% reported that they had been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want it (HSS).
  • The number of shelter nights increased by 5.1% between FY 2010 and FY 2011, with 91,357 shelter nights provided to victims of abuse (Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - CDVSA Annual Report).
  • On September 15, 2011, all of the identified domestic violence programs in Alaska participated in the 2011 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The figures below represent the information provided by 19 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period. The results of the survey include the following:
    • 565 victims served in one day.
    • 363 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
    • 202 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.
    • 92 hotline calls answered (Alaska Network on Domestic Violece and Sexual Assault - ANDVSA).
  • In FY 2010, the ANDVSA Pro Bono Program received 293 applications, and they were able to provide services for 90 of the applicants. In 2009, Alaska Legal Services statewide served 427 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault but were unable to serve another 550 applicants.
  • In 2010, the age-adjusted rate of serious violent victimization (rape/sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) was 16 per 1,000 persons with disabilities, compared to 5 per 1,000 for person without disabilities (2008-2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Crime Against Persons with Disabilities).
  • In 2010, among the disability types measured, persons with cognitive disabilities had the highest rate of violent victimization (30 per 1000) (2008-2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Crime Against Persons with Disabilities).
  • In 2010, persons with disabilities (40%) were more likely than persons without disabilities (31%) to be attacked by persons well known to them or who were casual acquaintances of the victim (2008-2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Crime Against Persons with Disabilities).

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Choose Respect News

2014

Site Begins Revealing Insights into Domestic Violence Services in US
My Turn: Coaching boys for life off-court
My Turn: Support children and celebrate their strengths
Council awards community-based prevention grants
UAA committed to fighting sexual violence, gender discrimination
Domestic violence needs multifaceted solution
UAA committed to fighting sexual violence, gender discrimination
Community leaders try to stop domestic violence
Parents of Murder Victim Speak, Warn Other Parents of Domestic Violence
AWAIC says domestic violence in Alaska deserves attention
Solution to village violence, abuse requires the help of men
Busy seniors launch drive against domestic violence, sexual assault
Businesses Join Green Dot Campaign To Fight Violence In Alaska
'Green Dot' campaign explores crime prevention as social movement
Coaches come to Juneau to fight domestic violence
Coaching Boys into Men training in Juneau
Tools available to talk with your kids
Anti-violence rallies draw hundreds across Arctic
STAR Thinking Outside The Box In Fighting Alaska's Sexual Assault Rates
Green Dot calls for action against violence
Bethelites march to end violence and assault
Homer stands up against violence
No More campaign gains momentum
Klawock is a Green Dot Community
Health issues result from partial strangulation
Choose Respect rally draws big crowd
More than 100 turn out for annual Choose Respect walk
Choose Respect: Governor’s campaign against sex abuse, domestic violence is a terrible necessity
Archbishop Schwietz to help lead Anchorage’s “Choose Respect” rally
Domestic violence survivor shares her story to encourage others to speak out
Green Dot – Ending violence
'Choose Respect' rallies to be held Thursday
Compass: Alaskans pull together against domestic violence and sexual assault
Domestic Violence: NO MORE
Alaska families try to sever the link between sexual abuse and FASD
Why are Wrangell and Petersburg covered in dots?
One Billion Rising for Justice
Blame rapists for rape ... obviously
Letters: Help end epidemic of sexual assault and domestic violence

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2013

CNN to spotlight Alaska’s high rape numbers
HopeLine Project: Cell Phones for Domestic Violence Shelters
Bystander inaction, be gone
Domestic violence prevention summit begins today
Homer teens ‘Lead On!’
Troopers investigate Valley shootings that leave two dead
Two bases. Two social experiments. Would you do the right thing?
Shift in domestic violence education takes hold in Alaska
Churches safe havens for domestic violence victims
Native teens break silence on violence, sexual abuse
Violence against Alaska women ongoing, deadly problem
Gov. Parnell speaks against violence: 'Traditional family values are Alaska values'
Violence survey alarms
Suffering exposed: Alaska's women speak up about violence, abuse
Half of Ketchikan women experienced violence
Ketchikan Meeting Scheduled for Release of Data from the Alaska Victimization Survey
Letter: Alaska Victimization Survey
Violence against women is never justified
Study shows high number of Kenai Peninsula women victimized
Survey: More than half of Valley women have experienced violence
Our View: To change violence numbers, we need to change lives
Survey paints grim picture of violence against women in Mat-Su
Mat-Su cannot escape Alaska's dishonor
Breaking the silence: Talking about domestic violence
Perkins Coie's Danielle Ryman Receives Alaska Attorney General's Pro Bono Service Award
What does domestic violence look like to children?
Task force, Governor remain focused on domestic violence
State Wants Community to Step up to Combat High Domestic Violence Rates
Violence prevention program makes its way to UAF
SAFV Tackles Domestic Violence Crisis With Community Training
Crime bill and Green Dot etc., fight domestic violence on Peninsula
Safe House Program takes hold in Skagway
Silence about sexual and domestic abuse is unacceptable
Ambler Supports Choose Respect
Green Dot Asks Alaskans to Help Stop Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence
First Lady Speaks Against Public Safety Cut
Elise Patkotak: To end abuse, good men must break silence
Choose Respect Rallies Set for Alaska Communities
Serial Rapist Richard Dorsey Sentenced to 79 Years
Volunteers on the front lines helping sex assault victims
Children learn continuously: What will we teach them?
CHOOSE RESPECT: It’s about Alaskans standing up for other Alaskans
Dancing against violence
Las Vegas sex trafficker sentenced to prison in 2010 Alaska case
Alaskans must have zero tolerance for sex trafficking

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2012

West Valley basketball coach works to make boys into men
Sitka youth choose respect
Old Harbor safer with new village response team
Troopers, Prosecutors Included in Budget
Over Half Of Women In Y-K Delta Experience Partner, Sexual Violence
Yugcetun Qanemcit Aipiritmi
Alaska Innovates First Program To Subsidize Housing For Victims Of Violence
Young Fairbanks reporter lands interview with Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell
Shed the Light
Speech: Standing Together Against Human Trafficking
Men must become extra tough to stop violence against women
Rampant to Rare - Domestic Violence in Alaska
Study: 44 percent of Kodiak women abused
Overcoming violence: A time to unite
Ceremony Aims To Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
Vulnerable among us need your help
To Create a Better Future, Heal the Past
Tackling Alaska's Domestic Violence Epidemic
State is confronting assaults: More progress is essential to end Alaska's epidemic
Speak out against abuse and save a child
We Are Public Health. We Work to Prevent Domestic Violence
House passes Parnell-backed sex-trafficking bill
Choose respect marches hope across Alaska
How to Stop Sexual Assault
Director Ron Taylor addresses ‘Choose Respect’ Rally in Nenana
Alaska Legal Services Corporation 'Choose Respect'
Domestic violence and sexual assault: courage to act
Gain courage together: Alaskans all can ‘choose respect’
Choose respect, join the march
Governor's Bill Protects Trafficking Victims
Governor's Vulnerable Adult Bill Passes Senate
Hope counters Barrow tragedy
Reeling from death of 3-year-old girl, Barrow women speak up
Arming the baristas won't fix Alaska's problem with violence against women
After Tragedy in Barrow, Community Comes Together
A colorful skiing party with a deeper purpose
Human Trafficking Awareness Day
First Lady Addresses Alaska Women's Expo
Alaska Men Choose Respect
Parnell: Thank you Falcons for sending powerful message
Video: Let Love In
When I Am an Elder

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2011

Governor proposes housing aid for victims of violence
Survey: 1 in 4 women attacked by intimate partner
Preventing abuse everyone's responsibility
Act to end violence against Alaska women
District Attorneys Take to the Airwaves in Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Victimization survey finds high rates of violence against Juneau women
Men can show the way in battle against domestic violence
Survey Reveals Bristol Bay Intimate Partner Violence Numbers
Intervene to protect children from abuse
Photo: Choose Respect
Domestic violence in Fairbanks: The numbers might surprise you
Sitka unveils Choose Respect mural
‘Green Dot’ Campaign Aims to Stop Sexual Assault, Rape
Sexual Assault Much More Pervasive Than It Appears
Survey Shows High Rate if Sexual Violence in Anchorage
New Study Reveals Epidemic of Domestic Violence in Anchorage
Attorney Allen Bailey Honored with Attorney General's Pro Bono Service Award
Domestic Violence Information Placemats
Men Choosing Respect Posters
Arctic Women in Crisis Newsletter
Denali Base Camp Chooses Respect
Kenny Lake Fair has Choose Respect booth
My turn: Domestic violence not about marital problems, not about losing control
Copper River Regional Health Fair - Glennallen
State to bolster troopers, village police in Northwest
Governor’s Child Protection Bill Passes
Alaska CAC's Choose Respect
Letter: Support Governor's Choose Respect Initiative
Choose Respect rally pushes for an end to domestic violence in Alaska
Alaska Delegation Supports Gov. Parnell’s Choose Respect Initiative with D.C. Rally
Mat-Su Choose Respect Poster Contest
Choose Respect: Sexual assault, domestic violence need your attention
Domestic violence trainers take stock of Kodiak
Choose Respect movement makes gain
Choose Respect and teach your children the right way
United Fishermen of Alaska Support Choose Respect
Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Create a “Culture of Respect”
Fishermen Choose Respect
Leeshore Lighthouse Quarterly
Parnell has clear ideas to curb mess of domestic violence
Our view: No finer service
Gov: Businesses can play role in fighting violence
Parnell Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
Parnell pitches anti-violence initiative to business sector
Speech: Alaska's Heart Condition
Parnell: More than 30 communities to hold rallies
State awards domestic violence prevention grants for rural Alaska
Fact Sheet: Rural Community Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Pilot Project grantee list
Our view: Stunning numbers

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2010

Our view: Choose respect
Steps for a positive choice appreciated
Parnell's DV initiative cruising toward victory
Governor Parnell's Choose Respect Campaign working
Our View: Choose Respect
Marching toward respect
From Ketchikan to Barrow, Alaskans Unite to Choose Respect
Alaska marches to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse
Parnell leads march to fight domestic violence
Governor Parnell: The time is now to raise the hue and cry
Governor Parnell: An attitude change
State of the State: Parnell’s new path

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2009

Alaska Editorial: Stop the pain, once and for all
Parnell rightly addresses sexual abuse
Shameful epidemic

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