Sexual Violence comes in many forms and is everywhere. But so are we.
We are your neighbors, friends, and family. We are Alaskans who are tired of the never-ending cycles of sexual violence impacting too many of our own. Started in 2018, 49th Rising is working to end sexual violence in Alaska.
Alaska has the highest rate of reported sexual assault in the country.
We have all heard this before. We have heard it so many times that this startling fact has lost its power. Yet we just need to look around or in a mirror to see the ocean of pain behind this reality. According to UAA’s Justice Center, 1 in 3 Alaskan women has experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. Based on our personal experiences, we know that even those numbers are underestimated.
Too many children, women, and men are survivors of sexual violence. Sexual violence affects people of all ages, from either sides of the political spectrum, and from every place in Alaska. It is so enormous that it feels almost impossible to stop.
We believe that we can make Alaska as safe as it is beautiful. We believe that we start by talking about sexual violence, by putting stories behind the numbers and faces behind the statistics. We start by pushing for change when we find something that needs fixing. By aiming for an Alaska where survivors can feel heard and supported, we demand change. We will share our stories with you, and we will push for what we know is possible.
We hope you will join us.
Ensure access to services in all communities.
Expand programs rehabilitating sex offenders.
Introduce better support systems for survivors.
Reform how sexual assault kits are processed.
Revise the definition of sexual contact.