STAR comments on controversial sexual abuse case
An Anchorage grand jury indicted Justin Schneider, 34, on four felony charges including kidnapping, assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment for offensive contact with fluids in the August 2017 incident.
Schneider struck a deal with the state, pleading guilty to a single felony assault charge in exchange for a sentence of two years with one suspended. Schneider faces no additional jail time. He received credit for time served while wearing an ankle monitor and living with his family.
On the heels of the Schneider case, Keeley Olson with STAR, Standing Together Against Rape, says this case could impact future victims of abuse.
"I think that it really can make people feel like they won't be heard if they come forward," said Olson. "We want to move forward and really get these changes implemented as quickly as possible as efficiently as possible, look at what happened with this case what can we learn from it and where we can seek justice in the future."
Olson says sexual assault and domestic violence is a statewide problem.
This year, STAR's programs have been used more than any other year before, serving more than one thousand people experiencing trauma from sexual violence.
Client services -- the heart of STARR -- is the state-wide crisis line, which is staffed 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays. Callers can obtain information regarding reporting options, health care referrals, support and information on a variety of recovery topics. Most importantly, callers can speak confidentially and anonymously about the violence they have experienced. Both primary and secondary victims call the crisis line as well as medical and other social service professionals. Typically, STAR receives over 1,500 crisis line calls each year.
If you are experiencing domestic or sexual assault, you can call the 24-hour crisis line from anywhere in the state it's (800) 478-8999.
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