In Their Own Words

Feb 2, 2011

“As I said in my inaugural address, the strength of our state cannot be measured in dollars alone. The success of our state must also be measured by the well-being of our families…   Last year, I set a goal to rid the state of this epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault within a decade. Tragically, Alaska leads all other states in these crimes. Our children should be our next generation of leaders. Instead, they are being exploited and sexually abused. And behind every statistic is a real child, with a soul, with a future. These are difficult words to utter, but working together, we will bring these issues out of the darkness and into the light. Let’s work together to pass legislation to better protect our children from the manufacture and distribution of child pornography, and against graphic texting. Let’s better protect Alaskans and work together again to fund 15 new Village Public Safety Officers and new troopers. And let’s work together to hold ‘Choose Respect’ rallies in 40 communities on March 31st. There, we can challenge more Alaskans to courageously speak up and take action against domestic violence and sexual assault. Together we can end the epidemic, banish the shame, and embrace life without fear.”

--Alaska Governor Sean Parnell in his State of the State Address, January 19, 2011

"…Dangerously, parental alienation can mask domestic violence, child abuse and child sexual abuse…It’s easier to believe a woman is lying than to believe a man can abuse or kill a woman or child.  In reality, in family court, denying abuse is more common than fabricating tales of abuse.  Most allegations are made in good faith (see the American Bar Association’s 10 Custody Myths and How to Counter Them).  And most denials are made by perpetrators, perpetrators skillful at manipulation – even of professionals… To sum it up, any behavior that does not promote access to children can be classified as parental alienation and punished with jail time or limits on/loss of custody.  With this threat, parents are less likely to report abuse and more likely to share custody with an abuser.”

--Joan Dawson, “Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence,” Huffington Post, January 20, 2011