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Alaska Victimization Survey

By Diane Gubatayao


October 14, 2013
Monday PM

Letter to the Editor

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on the evening of Tuesday, October 15th, a particularly significant event is occurring here in Ketchikan.   Dr. Andre Rosay of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Justice Center along with Lauree Morton, Executive Director of the State of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, will be in Ketchikan to release new data collected this summer here in Ketchikan.

For the first time, Ketchikan participated in the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS). The AVS was commissioned by the Alaska State Legislature to understand why statistics show that Alaska leads the nation in rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. It is a very tough topic, but critically important.

Over 650 women were surveyed this summer in Ketchikan, and Tuesday night will be our first look at those results. So often it is easy to dismiss data by thinking, “Oh, that’s Anchorage, or that’s Fairbanks”.  But this is Ketchikan, this is our community, this is our home, this is us.

I encourage anyone who shares the concern of building a healthier, safer community for our families to attend this event Tuesday evening, October 15th, 6:30 pm in the Ketchikan Public Library Conference Room.

Changing these sad statistics will take every one of us.

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

Received October 14, 2013 - Published October 14, 2013


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