Reports Highlight High Rate of Violence in Alaska

Valeri Davidson (left) and Walt Monegan (middle), talk with host Lori Townsend (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)
Valeri Davidson (left) and Walt Monegan (middle), talk with host Lori Townsend (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

Two recent reports highlight the tragically high rate of violence in Alaska. One from the FBI is a revision of how rape is defined in the state. The new definitions have resulted in much higher numbers in a state that already suffers from being the worst in the nation for sexual violence. The second report looks at the impact on Native children from exposure to violence in their homes and communities.

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HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Valerie Davidson
  • Walt Monegan

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.