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Helping Alaskans in crisis
Posted under: alaskans emergency juneau shelter
In your average roomful of 100 Alaska women, well over half of them – 59 – have been physically abused or sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.
When you pass a woman on the sidewalk, in the aisle at the grocery store, on a ski trail or in the car next to you, there’s a better than 50-50 chance she is among the victims.
This epidemic knows no geographical bounds. The rates can’t be attributed to one region, or one town, or to big towns, or to villages.
For many, this statistic isn’t just sad -- it’s a little hard to accept. It just doesn’t seem possible. But for the social workers, legal advocates, prosecutors and investigators who work in the field, it’s completely believable.
“I guess one thing I’m struck by is there’s sort of these two opposing perceptions, and I think both are accurate,” said Saralyn Tabachnick, executive director of Juneau’s AWARE shelter.
“One is that in Juneau – and Alaska as a whole – people really care about each other … and there are amazing people doing wonderful, wonderful, deep and beautiful work,” Tabachnick said.
“At the same time, there is a lot of violence against women and children.”
AWARE stands for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, and Tabachnick is all too familiar with statistics most of us would rather not think about.
The 2011 Alaska Victimization Survey quantified it. The study was funded by the legislature to address a gap in understanding about Alaska’s uniquely high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. Previous assessments relied on crime statistics, which are not the complete picture because a lot of “intimate-partner violence” and sexual violence is never reported.
Researchers conducted phone surveys with thousands of women across Alaska and asked if they’d ever been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Fifty-nine percent said “yes.” It’s hard to get past the statewide results.
“It’s so pervasive,” Tabachnick said. “I think people have no idea, or else it wouldn’t be like this. It’s really painful if you let it in, so people keep it at arm’s length.”