To honor the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers last weekend, a group of advocates gathered in Anchorage. They said one way to reduce violence is to make information sharing safer, especially with law enforcement.
Alaska has the highest rate of forcible rape in the United States according to the 2015 FBI statistics. Researcher and author Jeremy Braithwaite conducted research on sexual assault in Bristol Bay last year for his dissertation. He returned last week to present that research in Dillingham.
Two Haines men were indicted by a Juneau grand jury last week. Each faces multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor. The charges are from May, when, according to court documents, Stephen Brower, 35, and William Dale Whittington, 25, each allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old multiple times on the same day.