Women's Resource and Crisis Center welcomes the attention that Governor Sean
Parnell is paying to domestic violence and sexual abuse in Alaska. Angela Bowling is the outreach
coordinator for the center.
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According to the governor's
office, domestic violence in Alaska
is two and a half times the national average. The sexual assault of children in
Alaska is six
times the national average. Of course, those statistics do not include cases
that go unreported.
To raise awareness of the
enormity of the problem, community marches are being planned around the state.
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Another activity designed to
support victims of domestic violence is an advocate training class that will
take place in Kodiak next week.
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Upon successful completion of
the course, participants will be qualified to help as advocates for domestic
abuse victims. It will also enable participants to work as phone volunteers at
KWRCC where there is currently a shortage.
Another event coming up in
Kodiak is being held as part of
child abuse awareness month.
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said that one of the good things about the Governor's initiative against
domestic violence and sexual abuse is that its getting more people to talk
about the issue. She said that wherever she goes people always ask her, "Why
don't abused people just leave?" Her response is that the real question is,
"Why don't abusers stop abusing?"