New York Times Article Sparks A Response from the Public Safety Commissioner
Rape and sexual assault in the native community was the topic of a recent article
ANCHORAGE - Rape and sexual assault in the native community was the topic of a recent New York Times article.
Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters had a response.
In a letter, released Tuesday, Masters spoke about the need to unite as a state to “break the culture of silence,” and “choose respect” rallies held in 120 communities around the state.
But he said there’s still work to be done to protect Alaskans and assure victims that they will be heard.
"If victims are going to get help, or crimes are going to get prevented, or if investigations need to occur, then there needs to be somebody in the community that the public can turn to immediately.”
As part of governor Sean Parnell's "choose respect" campaign, Masters said his department has committed to adding 15 village public safety officers every year for ten years.
For a live interview with the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Joseph Masters, watch the video to the left.