Senate Judiciary Committee Will Review Victimization Survey Results
(Anchorage, AK) State Senate Judiciary Chairman Hollis French today pledged a full hearing on the results of the first statewide victimization survey, which were released yesterday by the UAA Justice Center. The survey, which was a recommendation of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 2009 report, Ending Sexual Assault in Alaska, found a continued pattern of shockingly high rates of violence against women in Alaska. Senator French announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will look forward to a presentation by the University on the survey and its specific findings.
“Remarkably, Alaska has had no statewide information on the levels of violence against women other than those assaults that are reported to police,” Senator French said, “and the results of this survey can give us a better idea of what is happening, and a more reliable way to monitor whether programs to reduce these crimes are working or not.”
“The safety of women and children in our society is a paramount issue”, said Senator Bill Wielechowski, Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “Our goal has to be to end this kind of violence in our communities.”
The Judiciary Committee made a number of other recommendations, which include increasing the number of Village Public Safety Officers and Nurse Examiners, prioritizing DNA processing for sex crimes, and ensuring the close monitoring of convicted sex offenders through intensive probation and polygraphing. “We look forward to hearing from the administration on their progress in each of these areas,” said Senator French.
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