Friday, March 6, 2009

Justice Center data on sexual assaults cited in Anchorage Press

Data analyzed by Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Interim Director, is featured in an article in the March 4, 2009 issue of the Anchorage Press. The article "Closing Time" by Scott Christiansen discusses how some bar owners and members of the Anchorage Assembly are seeking the passage of a "safe hour" ordinance, which would keep bars open one hour past last call (with no further alcohol served) to allow patrons time to arrange a safe ride home.
Underlying all this is a very real problem, backed by statistics from the Anchorage Police Department analyzed by the Justice Center of University of Alaska-Anchorage. Victims do meet rapists in bars, says André Rosay, a researcher at the center. He says a majority of the sexual assaults occur on weekend nights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and he says victims often accepted a ride home from their assailant.

"While we don't have any empirical evidence of that, I think if you talk to APD officers you will find, anecdotally, that (accepting a ride) is a common occurrence," Rosay says.