Sex crimes in Alaska: The most common victim is a 14-year-old girl assaulted in a home

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:48:17 AM. Reports of felony sex offenses rose 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, a new report says.
Alaska's sex crime victims mainly are young — just children, really. They most often are targeted in someone's home. And they usually know their attacker. A new state report provides a detailed and disturbing snapshot of serious sex crimes in Alaska. It's the second year the state Department of Public Safety has produced an analysis of felony sex offenses, an effort that took many more years to bring together, according to Walt Monegan, public safety commissioner. Reports of felony sex offenses – which include rape, sex abuse of children, child pornography and sex with incapacitated individuals — rose 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, the new document says. The data is based on initial reports to law enforcement. That one-year increase conflicts with the findings of a separate study that drew on telephone interviews of adult women for its information, a study that suggests a decline in sexual violence. [Alaska crime report shows increases in most categories last year] The Alaska Victimization Survey was done by the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the University of Alaska Justice Center in 2010 and again in 2015. While the first survey revealed that an alarming 37 percent of Alaska women who participated had experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, the follow-up found an encouraging decrease in recent violence. Some 2.9 percent of women in 2015 reported past-year sexual violence compared to 4.3 percent in 2010. Now comes the new report, dated Oct....Read more
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