Governor Walker Commends FWWI’s Effort to End Child Abuse and Sexual Assault in March

Dozens gathered on a spring afternoon for the FWWI Awareness Walk to call attention to the impact of child abuse and sexual assault in Alaska

For far too long, Alaska has ranked the highest in the nation in rates of child abuse and sexual assault. This April, thanks to Southcentral Foundation’s Family Wellness Warriors Initiative, hundreds of Alaskans took part in awareness, education, and action in an effort to end the violence.

FWWI kicked off Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a special commencement ceremony that packed the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center lobby.
Anchorage Police Department Deputy Chief Ken McCoy and SCF Senior Director for Organizational Development and Innovation Administration Leanndra Ross reminded the crowd that violence is preventable, and it is up to all Alaskans to make a safe place for our children and future generations.

Governor Bill Walker sent a letter in support of FWWI’s effort to eradicate abuse and sexual assault in Alaska. “I am deeply grateful for the work SCF has done to this end. The Family Wellness Warriors Initiative has equipped community organizations and individuals around our state to address the effects of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect, and to encourage individual, family, and community wellness. This initiative provides an effective framework and the tools necessary to bring about a safer Alaska for all.“The issue is bigger than one person, family, community, or organization. Thank you to everyone for being here and supporting SCF and the efforts to put an end to child abuse and sexual assault in our great state.”

Following the commencement, dozens took part in an awareness march around the Alaska Native Health Campus to bring attention to the devastating impact of child abuse and sexual assault in Alaska. FWWI hosted a series of Friday Fairs during the month with many community organizations presenting on topics associated with healing and prevention.

by Sharon Leighow

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