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03/10/2015 08:30 AM Senate STATE AFFAIRS

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Moved SCR 6 Out of Committee
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        SCR 6-SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH: APRIL 2015                                                                    
8:32:13 AM                                                                                                                    
VICE CHAIR COGHILL announced the consideration of SCR 6.                                                                        
8:32:22 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KEVIN MEYER, Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor of SCR 6,                                                               
provided an  overview of the  resolution. He said  the resolution                                                               
proclaims April  2015 as  Sexual Assault  Awareness Month.  It is                                                               
part  of  an annual  campaign  to  raise public  awareness  about                                                               
sexual assault and educate communities  and individuals on how to                                                               
prevent sexual violence  across the nation. Sexual  violence is a                                                               
very serious  public health problem.  It affects millions  of men                                                               
and women.  The Centers for  Disease Control reports that  in the                                                               
United States, one in five women  and one in seventy-one men have                                                               
experienced violent sexual assault  in their lifetime. In Alaska,                                                               
these rates  are much  higher -  almost two-and-a-half  times the                                                               
national  average. Statistics  underestimate the  problem because                                                               
many victims  do not  tell the police,  family, or  friends about                                                               
the violence.                                                                                                                   
He said that sexual violence impacts  health in many ways and can                                                               
lead  to  long-term  mental  and  physical  health  problems.  By                                                               
bringing   awareness  to   the  crime   of  sexual   assault  and                                                               
recognizing the enormity of the  problem, we can begin to address                                                               
it and heal from it and, hopefully,  prevent it. SCR 6 is a small                                                               
but significant step in educating  the public and our communities                                                               
on  lifting  the  veil  of  secrecy that  so  often  hides  these                                                               
horrific crimes.                                                                                                                
8:33:04 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI joined the committee meeting.                                                                              
VICE CHAIR COGHILL asked if the committee had any questions.                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE  spoke in support  of the resolution  and thanked                                                               
Senator Meyer for bringing it  forward. She asked that testifiers                                                               
provide comments  on planned actions  to combat  sexual violence.                                                               
She pointed out  Alaska's sexual assault statistics  - number one                                                               
in the nation in every category.                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR  COGHILL  commented  that SCR  6  is  a  conversation                                                               
8:36:26 AM                                                                                                                    
SUZI PEARSON,  Executive Director,  Abused Women's Aid  in Crisis                                                               
(AWAIC), thanked  the committee for  SCR 6 and  for acknowledging                                                               
the  significant  prevention  work  that  domestic  violence  and                                                               
sexual  assault agencies  throughout Alaska  achieve in  order to                                                               
stop the cycle of violence.  She explained a program in Anchorage                                                               
called "Green Dot,"  a model of primary prevention  formed by the                                                               
Anchorage  Alliance   on  Violence  Prevention.  It   is  a  very                                                               
collaborative, successful method of decreasing sexual violence.                                                                 
8:38:46 AM                                                                                                                    
VICE CHAIR COGHILL thanked Ms. Pearson.                                                                                         
SENATOR MCGUIRE asked if Ms. Pearson was aware of Erin's Law.                                                                   
MS. PEARSON answered yes.                                                                                                       
SENATOR MCGUIRE asked  if Ms. Pearson is  supportive of providing                                                               
sexual assault awareness for young  people in schools and whether                                                               
it could relate to Green Dot.                                                                                                   
MS. PEARSON replied that domestic  violence is cyclical in nature                                                               
and generational.  The only  way to stop  it is  through teaching                                                               
the current  generation about healthy relationships  and the best                                                               
ways  to  protect  themselves. She  stressed  the  importance  of                                                               
focusing on youth, educating them,  and providing them with great                                                               
tools. She  said Green  Dot is based  on peer  relationships with                                                               
leaders  in  schools who  were  trained  and then  trained  their                                                               
peers. It  creates an environment  that said violence is  not ok,                                                               
as  well   as  allows   students  to  step   in  when   they  see                                                               
inappropriate behavior. She provided an example.                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR COGHILL  noted  issues with  having  the programs  in                                                               
schools. He thanked Ms. Pearson for her presentation.                                                                           
8:42:07 AM                                                                                                                    
BETH  BOGARDE, Executive  Director, Women  in Safe  Homes (WISH),                                                               
testified in  support of SCR  6. She said everyone  knows someone                                                               
who has been sexually assaulted.  The traumatic effects of sexual                                                               
assault are life  long, not only for the person  who has suffered                                                               
the abuse, but also for  the children, family members, and future                                                               
relationships.  She listed  some of  the programs  the resolution                                                               
would  support, such  as  COMPASS for  males.  She described  the                                                               
partnerships  WISH  has, how  WISH  uses  Native culture  in  its                                                               
programs, and positive outcomes.                                                                                                
8:46:22 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. BOGARDE  addressed the high  number of assaults  upon persons                                                               
with disabilities. She  said SCR 6 is one more  call to action to                                                               
reduce assaults on all populations.                                                                                             
SENATOR COGHILL thanked Ms. Bogarde.                                                                                            
8:48:24 AM                                                                                                                    
KEITH MALLARD, Chief of Police,  University of Alaska - Fairbanks                                                               
Police Department, expressed  his support for SCR 6.  He spoke of                                                               
his  history  working  in  public service  and  his  passion  for                                                               
protecting others.  He shared his  personal history of  abuse and                                                               
lack of  intervention by those who  were aware of it.  He pointed                                                               
out that  those issues remain in  society today, but that  he has                                                               
hope  because of  efforts  to educate  bystanders,  such as  with                                                               
programs like  Green Dot. He  noted that  Green Dot is  coming to                                                               
the Fairbanks  campus. He stressed  that everyone can  agree that                                                               
interpersonal  violence is  unacceptable,  and  everyone must  do                                                               
their part to combat it.                                                                                                        
8:52:52 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE thanked  Chief Mallard for his  testimony and for                                                               
sharing his  personal experience. She stressed  the importance of                                                               
strong  male figures  and the  need  for a  cultural change.  She                                                               
asked  for  other ideas  to  encourage  citizens to  become  more                                                               
involved in prevention.                                                                                                         
8:55:12 AM                                                                                                                    
CHIEF MALLARD  answered that  the power  of individual  choice is                                                               
very important toward addressing  this issue. Programs like Green                                                               
Dot provides the skills to accomplish that.                                                                                     
SENATOR HUGGINS joined the committee meeting.                                                                                   
VICE CHAIR COGHILL thanked Chief Mallard for his testimony.                                                                     
8:59:22 AM                                                                                                                    
ROWENA  PALOMAR, Executive  Director,  Advocates  for Victims  of                                                               
Violence,  testified  in  support  of  SCR  6.  She  provided  an                                                               
overview of sexual assault in  Valdez, which holds the record for                                                               
the most sexual  assaults by one man in Alaska.  She said her job                                                               
is to  let victims know  that there  is help available  for them.                                                               
Valdez now has a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).                                                                           
VICE CHAIR COGHILL thanked Ms. Palomar.                                                                                         
9:03:07 AM                                                                                                                    
SARALYN TABACHNIK, Executive Director,  AWARE, Inc., testified in                                                               
support of  SCR 6, noting  it was very comprehensive.  She voiced                                                               
appreciation  for  the   recognition  for  individual  community,                                                               
agency, and statewide prevention efforts.  She spoke about one of                                                               
those  efforts,  "Girls  on  the Run."  It  is  an  international                                                               
program that  began in 1996  in North  Carolina and has  grown to                                                               
over  1 million  girls. It  envisions  a world  where every  girl                                                               
knows  and  activates her  limitless  potential  and is  free  to                                                               
boldly pursue her  dream. In Juneau, a pilot program  of Girls on                                                               
the  Run  was  started  in  2008.  She  described  the  program's                                                               
curriculum, results, and successes throughout the state.                                                                        
9:08:02 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  TABACHNIK  concluded  with  the  resolution's  comprehensive                                                               
approach to preventing sexual abuse.  She voiced appreciation for                                                               
the long-term investment.                                                                                                       
SENATOR COGHILL thanked Ms. Tabachnik.                                                                                          
SENATOR MCGUIRE  thanked Ms. Tabachnik.  She asked what  could be                                                               
done to engage young men more.                                                                                                  
9:10:52 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  TABACHNIK  pointed out  a  program  called "Boys  Run"  that                                                               
incorporates  Native  values. She  hoped  to  partner with  other                                                               
agencies on it.                                                                                                                 
9:13:11 AM                                                                                                                    
LAUREE  MORTON, Executive  Director,  State  Council on  Domestic                                                               
Violence and Sexual  Assault, testified in support of  SCR 6. She                                                               
related  that many  of  the programs  the  committee heard  today                                                               
involve  increasing protective  factors  and building  resiliency                                                               
among young  people because they  are then less likely  to engage                                                               
in  violent   behaviors  in  sexual  assault,   and  in  domestic                                                               
violence. She noted two additional  programs, "Coaching Boys into                                                               
Men," working with  male athletes, and "Talk Now,  Talk Often," a                                                               
program for parents.                                                                                                            
She  voiced  appreciation  for  the  committee's  efforts  toward                                                               
ending domestic violence and sexual assault.                                                                                    
VICE CHAIR  COGHILL thanked Ms.  Morton. He  appreciated learning                                                               
more about available programs.                                                                                                  
SENATOR STOLTZE said the resolution has a zero fiscal note.                                                                     
9:16:39 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STOLTZE  moved  to  report SCR  6  from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations  and attached zero fiscal  note. There                                                               
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         
VICE CHAIR COGHILL announced SCR 6 moved out of committee.                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SCR6 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SCR6 Draft Fiscal Note - SSTA 3-9-15.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SCR6 DVSA Dashboard 2014.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SCR6 CDVSA Annual Report 2014.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SB42 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SB 42
SB42 ADF&G Brief on Personal Use Fishing.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SB 42
SB42 Regulations of the Board of Fisheries.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SB 42
SB42 Fiscal Note - DFG-CO 3-6-15.pdf SSTA 3/10/2015 8:30:00 AM
SB 42