Alaska ranks first in the number of reported rapes, yet in many villages there is no law enforcement on hand to deal with the violence. In addition to the State Police, there are Village Public Safety Officers (VPSO's) that serve as first responders to these attacks. The problem is that in many villages there is no VPSO or police to keep the peace. The presence of VPSOs would greatly improve the safety for all people in a village.
The forcible rape and other forms of domestic violence often occur because the perpetrators know it will be hours, or even days, before law enforcement can respond to a reported incident. The "fuel" for this pattern of behavior is the illegal sale and use of alcohol despite laws that forbid its presence in many villages. "Home Brew" is easily made from common ingredients and with no officers to prevent its manufacture, those who seek its manufacture do so unencumbered.
The use of alcohol serves as the gateway to more criminal and heinous behavior. What many mild mannered villagers would never do sober, sadly becomes a likely occurrence with all-too-common tragic results.
Therefore, if the state would put more effort into training and supporting more VPSOs and place them in these forgotten villages, the quality of life would improve for all the residents involved. Please sign this petition and ask our government officials to give more priority to protecting these valuable citizens of our state.