For Immediate Release: November 5th, 2013
Senator French Asks Governor for Reporting and Conviction Statistics on Alaska National Guard Sexual Assault Cases
ANCHORAGE – Today Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Governor Parnell asking for detailed reporting, investigation, and conviction statistics for Alaskan National Guard sexual assault cases since 2008.
“Media reports indicating a sustained and ongoing lack of response from National Guard leadership are disturbing. Sexual assault cannot be tolerated anywhere in Alaska. As leader of the Alaskan National Guard, the Governor’s policies in dealing with reports of these crimes set an example,” stated Senator French.
Recent reports in the media quoted Alaskan National Guard chaplains saying victims don’t trust their commanders to help because of a history of mishandled complaints, in which victims felt that nothing was being done.
“As a former prosecutor I know it takes tremendous courage for victims of sexual assaults to come forward and self-report a crime. Once the crime is reported, it is essential that there be swift and appropriate justice. Internal distrust threatens the entire chain of command in an organization such as the Alaskan National Guard. The Guard must not only protect and serve Alaskans, it must protect and serve its own members,” said Senator French.
To read the letter from Senator French to Governor Parnell, click here:
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