"So many Alaska women still suffer violence - and their courage is a marvel" is the title of a Compass article by Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Lauree Morton, Executive Director, Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, published in the Anchorage Daily News online on November 5, 2012 and in the November 6, 2012 print issue.
The article thanks the many women who participated in the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS), and describes the recent release of data from the AVS for the Kodiak Island Borough, the City and Borough of Sitka, and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
The authors note, "This annual survey continues to highlight the truly horrific fact that about half of adult women in Alaska have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both at some point in their lives. What is even more troubling is that we know that these estimates are conservative because of the limitations under which the survey had to be conducted."
Links to both in-state and national resources are listed in the article.
Update: This piece was republished as "Facing shockingly high rates of violence" in the HomerTribune on November, 14, 2012.