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How We Reported on Alaska’s Sexual Assault Survivors — and What Has Happened Since

The Anchorage Daily News won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in May for “Lawless,” a partnership with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network that revealed how Alaska’s Native villages are denied access to first responders. The starting point for this series: accounts from hundreds of survivors of sexual violence in Alaska, which has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation.

In June, the Daily News and ProPublica published “Unheard,” stories from 29 survivors who chose to speak about what happened to them. These stories were accompanied by portraits taken by Daily News photographers that reflect the courage and strength of each person.

Now in a live digital event, join Daily News photo editor Anne Raup; ProPublica engagement reporter Adriana Gallardo; Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) Executive Director Keeley Olson; and Tia Wakolee, who chose to tell their story for a conversation on how they approached reporting on sexual assault. Moderated by Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins, the panel will discuss ways they earned the trust of people sharing their stories and the intentional choices behind the photography.

They will also cover policy changes that have occurred since the newsrooms began shining a light on sexual violence in Alaska, and whether, more than a year after the Daily News and ProPublica began their reporting on it, the problem is getting any better. Attendees can submit questions in advance or during the live event.

This event has ended.

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