Sexual assault survivors advocate for change in Nome and statewide | Alaska Insight

The high rates of sexual assault and violence against women in Alaska are long-standing problems. In Nome, survivors have been speaking out about how law enforcement has handled assault cases in the community.

Survivor advocates Lisa Ellanna, Sigvanna Topkok, and Darlene Trigg join Lori Townsend to talk about their work pushing for change in law enforcement and city government to create a safer, healthier community for all residents.

KNOM’s 5-part series Seeking Justice, Wanting Protection: Disparities in Sexual Assault Crimes in Nome

Sexual assault survivor resources:

National Sexual Assault Hotline:  1-800-656-4673

Standing Together Against Rape (STAR): 276-7273

Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis (AWAIC): 272-0100

Crisis Text:  741 741

RAINN live chat: www.rainn.org

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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. 

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