Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Monegan article on Sexual Abuse

A MUST READ. Walt Monegan's article on sexual abuse in the Alaska Dispatch.

This is what needs to be talked about - solutions! The stats are bad, so what can we do about it?

From the article:
Too often the abused grow up to become victims or abusers and the ugly cycle of pain continues. Ignoring the violent realities our neighbors and children are faced with daily is not an option. We have the resources, both financially and intellectually, to protect victims of physical and sexual violence and yet few policymakers have dedicated the time and thoughtfulness to a realistic solution would require...

...Every major change in history began in one place with just a few dedicated individuals who believed in something larger than themselves.

I hope the other mayoral candidates will begin addressing issues like these, the "taboo" or just incredibly difficult issues to address. I've been wading in this stuff lately, in projects I am doing, at least with Alaska Native abuse, and the more you look, the more discouraging it can be. But imagine the impact of leadership at the local, state and national level giving these issues the thought and attention they deserve, not just hoping (meager) funding will do it - money isn't going to solve these problems, strategy and hard work is.


Anonymous said...

I hope folks will get talking. Here were my questions from 2007--
Alcohol topics backlog -

More of the same will not work.

Is Alcohol and abuse acceptable behavior in Alaska? Our regional radio broadcasts songs extolling such behavior. Bullying is boasted about in city council meetings. How much of the regional health corp. income is for "behavioral health" programs? The state has no offender programs for prisoners-- a particularly ugly prison incident in Bethel (recently settled by the state) involved those abused as children.

Even small things we do are important, such as teaching dog safety,

Anonymous said...

I just nominated you for a LEMONADE award. Check it out at WSW. I think you should know that it is a "tongue-in-cheek" award, just to lighten things up a bit. In truth, the issues that you address are imperative and I am grateful that you take them on.

Anonymous said...

Today's suit concerning assaults in Bethel jail.

Writing Raven said...

Wow - the difference between those links was quite astounding! :)

Thanks to both of you - I have both laughs and serious thinking ahead.

MPB - I am interested in many of these things for a project I am doing at work - thank you, and if you see any more, please throw them my way!

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