The Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage released its latest Alaska Victimization Survey with results from Ketchikan, Kenai and the Mat-Su Borough. The survey is designed to measure intimate partner and sexual violence against women. Previous studies include most population centers around the state.
This latest round is as disturbing as the first statewide survey in 2010. For some reason the Mat-Su Borough numbers (bullets below) have been receiving the most attention, but they are really not that far off from the rest of the state, which is to say way too high:
- 53% of adult women in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in their lifetime;
- 9% have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in the past year;
- More than 3 out of every 10 adult women in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; and
- More than 4 out of every 10 have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
In probably related news, residents of the Mat-Su recently said alcohol and substance abuse were their number one health concerns. This didn't stop them - or more accurately the 12 percent of registered voters out the 18 percent who bothered to vote - from saying no to a 5 percent alcohol tax earlier this month.