Dr. Ingrid Johnson, Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center (UAA JC), is collecting the experiences and perspectives of Alaskans who reported a sexual assault to the Alaska State Troopers between 2006 and 2016 to help guide improvements to future sexual assault response systems. The project is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the United States Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.

 "This study brings the voices of those most impacted by sexual violence to the forefront as we work to ensure access to the mechanisms of justice,” said Dr. Johnson. “By discussing their reporting experience and sharing areas they feel need to improve, sexual assault survivors can ensure others in need of justice in Alaska have the opportunity to find it.”

Johnson’s project entails an entirely confidential, one-on-one interview with Alaskans who reported a sexual assault that they experienced as an adult (18 years or older) between 2006 and 2016. Each interview is audio recorded and lasts from one-to-two hours. The interview process includes questions about the sexual assault reporting experience, as well as the participant’s perspectives on justice and how improvements could be made to the reporting system. Participating in the project may also provide victim-survivors with an opportunity to share what happened to them confidentially, and they will know that their input is helping others in their community. Participants will also be given a $45 Amazon or Visa gift card for their time.

Alaskans who meet the criteria and are interested should call Dr. Ingrid Johnson, Assistant Professor at the UAA JC by email at ldjohnson@alaska.edu or by phone at 907-786-1126.

The compiled results of Dr. Johnson’s research will be shared with the Alaska Department of Public Safety as well as other justice agencies and stakeholder groups in the state to help improve responses to sexual assault victim-survivors in the future.

ABOUT THE STUDY

Dr. Johnson's study has been approved by the UAA Institutional Review Board, protocol #1316484-5, and is supported by Grant No. 2017-AK-BX-0003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office.

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