Victimization information to be presented

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011

On Monday, the University of Alaska-Anchorage Justice Center will release the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey to legislators in Juneau and the public is invited to attend.

The presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Butrovich Room in the Capitol. The presentation will also be aired on Gavel-to-Gavel at or by teleconference at (877) 763-5073.

The report was requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009 after hearing testimony on what can be done to reduce sexual assault and improve rates of prosecution and conviction statewide.

The victimization report not only looks at cases that are reported, but also looks at unreported cases by doing a survey of Alaska women by phone.

The report’s purpose was to determine whether Alaska has higher rates of sexual assault and domestic violence than the rest of the nation, or whether Alaskans are more likely to report that violence.

The report found almost 50 percent of all Alaskan women have experienced intimate partner violence at some point during their lifetimes. It also found almost 5 percent of Alaskan women have experienced sexual violence in the past year

For more information, call Cindy Smith in Sen.Hollis French’s office at 465-3892 or Celeste Hodge in Sen. Bettye Davis’ Office at 465-3822.

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