Sexual Abusers Who Take Their Own Lives Compound Tragedy
No justice for the victims
ANCHORAGE - Over the last decade, Anchorage police say five people accused of sexually abusing minors took their own lives.
“It’s never the best way, when that happens that just compounds a tragedy with a tragedy,” said Lieutenant Dave Parker, a spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department.
It’s a decision that can affect victims.
Olson says it's an impact the public sometimes overlooks, and is not fair to the survivors of sexual abuse.
STAR advocates say when the accused take their own lives, it robs victims of their shot at justice.
They say it’s a serious crime, and molesters often have more than 100 victims before they’re caught by law enforcement.