ANDVSA in the News (2015)
Community members from across the Kenai Peninsula packed the Homer Theatre earlier this month for the Homeless in Homer film screening and discussion panel. The Homeless in Homer forum was the first of its kind. It was the brain child of local participants in the statewide Lead On! program, sponsored by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence has selected lawyers from around the country to receive various awards. One of the recipients of the 20/20 Vision Awards is Allen M. Bailey, owner of Law Offices of Allen M. Bailey in Anchorage, Alaska. He has written extensively on domestic violence issues, serves on the AWAIC board and has taken on countless cases for victims of domestic violence. Read more here.
Technology Safety and Digital Abuse
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) thanked Twitter for updating their rules to prohibit users from posting “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” To read the press release from NNEDV, please click here. To read Twitter’s updated rules, please click here.
Facebook has updated their “Community Standards” to include further protections for victims of sexual abuse. New Facebook standards now read, ” To protect victims and survivors, we also remove photographs or videos depicting incidents of sexual violence and images shared in revenge or without permissions from the people in the images.”
For a guide to Facebook’s privacy and security settings made in partnership with NNEDV and Facebook for victims of abuse, please click here.
Many phone hotlines for domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide are seeing major increase in online chat numbers. Could online chats and text-based advocacy help us support more people? Click here to learn more.
The United States Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office website can be accessed by clicking here.
The Safe Helpline website has information about reporting, resources and access to 24/7 hotlines. The Safe Helpline is run by Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
In Alaska, statewide services are provided to members of the military and their families through the Alaska National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. This program serves all branches of the military in Alaska, both active and reserves. The local contact number is (907) 428-6219 or you can call the national Department of Defense Self Helpline at (877) 995-5247.
Untested Rape Kits
There are an unknown number of “rape kits” or DNA evidence collected in response to sexual assaults in both the nation and in Alaska. Lack of DNA evidence can hinder successful prosecution of sexual assault crimes. This issue has recently received both national and local attention.
Legislation calls for audit of Alaska crime lab’s untested rape kits as reported by Alaska Dispatch News.
Two different grants have been proposed by the Department of Justice to support state governments and law enforcement agencies in ending the rape kit backlog. The grant solicitations are available here or here.
Campus Sexual Assault
Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Alaska system and Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.
University of Alaska to launch sexual assault survey on March 2 from a news article by KTOO. The survey will go out to 15,000 randomly selected students, faculty and staff members.
For a list of helpful resources on this issue, please click here to visit a resource list made by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
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