It’s sad that Alaska’s rate of child abuse ranks among the highest in the nation. It seems higher in rural Alaska and remote places because we know each other, and it’s no different in Bristol Bay.
We live in small communities and see cuts and bruises on children and grandchildren. We rarely ask what caused them. Cuts heal and bruises fade, but emotional scars are invisible and last a lifetime.
We should never get used to child abuse or tolerate it. It shouldn’t ever become so normal that we first cringe, then shrug it off and go on with our lives.