Sexual assault rise in Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A new report from the Alaska Department of Public Safety found 96 percent of sexual assault victims in the state, either knew or were related to their attacker.

    The department of public safety said the number of incidents rose from 1352 in 2015 to 1,542 last year.  That represents an increase of 14 percent.  There were 1,181 victims, an increase from 648 in 2015.

    The report said 588 of the victims were American Indian females and 305 were white females.  South East Alaska had 92 sexual assaults reported last year.  That was six percent of the sexual assaults reported in the state

    In all the cases, 28 percent of the assaults were committed by family members, 68 percent some kind of family acquaintance.  The report showed that only
    four percent were committed by strangers.


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