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ALASKA VILLAGE INITIATIVES

How We Heal: Overcoming Violence In Alaska

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We are a group of survivors raising funds to travel to New York to take part in a United Nations panel on sexual violence in Alaska, an event hosted by Unitarian Universalists' Mission to the UN on March 25th, 2019.

The invited panel members are Ronalda Angasan, founder of Alaska Natives Against Domestic Violence; Barbara Johnson and Caroline Humphreys, founders of 49rising.com; Elizabeth Williams, founder of No More Free Passes; Jessica Wilson, our people connector and advocate for Native survivors.

Alaska Village Initiatives has volunteered to accept donations on behalf of our group. This means donations are to a nonprofit organization and are tax-deductible. The money will be used to cover travel expenses for the group, such as airfare, lodging, and ground transportation. The estimated costs are based on federal guidelines.

Alaska leads the country in violence, crime, and domestic violence. We are experiencing some of the worse abuses, and many times by our own people and many suffer in silence. We are working to bring these abuses to light, to stop the silence, and to break the cycle.

Our grassroots group has started making positive changes in our home state, No More Free Passes is actively working to change our laws surrounding sexual violence in Alaska. 49 Rising has successfully allowed survivors to tell their stories in a safe environment, a key part of the healing journey we are on. Alaska Natives Against Domestic Violence has raised awareness to those that are in an abusive relationship, they can get help, get out, and heal. They have provided guidance to those seeking help.

Any donation will be greatly appreciated.