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By Diane Gubatayao


January 15, 2014
Wednesday PM

Last October, Dr. Andre Rosay from the UAA Justice Center released data from the Alaska Victimization Survey done here in Ketchikan. Shockingly, the results revealed that 50% of adult women in Ketchikan report being victims of domestic or sexual violence in their lifetimes. That means, statistically speaking, that one out of two women that might be shopping at the store, or attending a Kayhi basketball game, or living in your neighborhood, has been a victim of DV or SA. One out of two! Most of us know someone who has been a victim, and we often ask ourselves, “what can I do?”.

The Promoting Respectful Relationships Task Force of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a free community forum on exactly that, “What Can You Do?” Please join us on Tuesday, January 21st, 6-8pm in the Kayhi Library for a community café style, interactive small group forum. Changing these horrible statistics will take every one of us to be an upstander, not a bystander.

Diane Gubatayao
Director of Development and Community Services
Women In Safe Homes
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received January 15, 2014 - Published January 15, 2014

Related Survey:

Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Violence in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough - Key Results from the 2013 Alaska Victimization Survey (2 page pdf)


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