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Have You Experienced Sexual Violence in Alaska? We’d Like To Hear Your Story.

The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica have teamed up to listen. Do you work with victims, in government or law enforcement? We need to hear from you, too.

Alaska struggles to provide a consistent local law enforcement presence in Kiana, which sits along the Kobuk River, left. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News)

This article was produced in partnership with the Anchorage Daily News, a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

Updated June 1, 2020.

Since 2019, ProPublica and the Anchorage Daily News have worked together to report on sexual violence in Alaska. We know it’s important to collaborate with the community in order to understand the breadth of the problems. We are continuing to do so in 2020.

We have received hundreds of responses to this questionnaire, all important to our work (see the reporting here). We’ve published a series of profiles featuring many of the people who first got in touch here. We’ve interviewed as many people as we can, taking note of themes common to the stories.

We’ve heard stories of assault by a boss, an educator or another powerful person in their community. These are a few areas we plan to focus on next:

  • The education system. We’re looking at public schools, home schools, principals and professors. If someone has used his or her position as an educator to coerce you into sex or threaten retribution for reporting an assault, we hope you’ll tell us what happened.

  • The workplace. Tell us your stories about dynamics in corporations and professional settings.

  • Law enforcement and government. We’ve heard stories about people assaulted by those who were supposed to protect them. We’d like to learn more.

  • Homelessness and foster care. Help us reach the most vulnerable in your community.

We’re especially interested in cases you reported that went unresolved. If you have a tip about an issue that is not listed above, please tell us about that too. You can talk to us by filling out this form or email us at [email protected].

While we are no longer adding new profiles to the “Unheard” project, we’re still reporting. We’d especially interested in cases you reported that went unresolved. If you have a tip about an issue that is not listed above, please tell us about that too. You can talk to us by filling out this form or email us at [email protected].

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