By failing to collect those DNA samples, law enforcement has left Alaska’s DNA database with crucial gaps, allowing at least one serial rapist to go undetected.
First of two parts: In the state with the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation, testing the backlog of rape kits may not be enough. Many were from cases where the identity of the suspect was already known, or were opened only to find no usable DNA.
The maximum penalty for the charges Carmichael is pleading guilty to includes no less than 10 years and up to life in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Right now, according to NPD’s Evidence Custodian Paul Kosto, the state lab is taking about a year to process kits.
The policies identify specific examples of “sexual grooming” behavior and spell out how the district should respond to reports of it.
Shelters have taken extra precautions against the spread of COVID-19 and say they have sufficient access to sanitation, protective equipment and testing.
While Alaska’s rallies and protests have remained peaceful some Alaskans have reported instances of intimidation, backlash, or resistance. More demonstrations are planned for this weekend.
Four girls are suing the Lower Kuskokwim School District, alleging that it didn’t properly follow up on multiple complaints of sexual misconduct by a former Bethel elementary school principal.
In a state with a history of failing to protect children, and in a region with a sexual assault rate more than six times the national average, parents of girls are asking the same question: How was this allowed to happen?
The missing and murdered Native women epidemic is an issue affecting Indigenous people in the United States, Canada and around the world.