By Jennifer Traver

To the editor:

My name is Jennifer, and I live in Juneau. My innocent husband is facing felony assault charges with the State of Alaska. I’m doing everything thing I can to clear his name and get the truth out there.

My husband and I have been married for 11 years and have 4 children together. We engaged in consensual BDSM sex act back in September. I had recently had an emergency C-section with our fourth baby about three weeks prior.

I had requested my husband to slap my face, choke, and bite me, along with oral sex and mutual masturbation. The slaps to the face were out of our normal pattern with the body because of the surgery. The whole time I could breathe and was conscious. It left marks on my face the next morning and my two eldest daughters saw it. We had planned on talking to them after school to address what it was, and answer any questions that they had. When they got to school they told the counselor, the counselor called OCS, and OCS called the police. We didn’t know any of this until the police showed up at our door. Long story short, they arrested my husband and OCS took my children in for interviewing. OCS then bullied/ forced me to go to the hospital, even though I had repeatedly told them I was fine. Now the DA are using my medical record against my husband and going after him for felony assault. The DA never reached out to me to get the truth. They are going off everyone else’s opinion of what happened since no one saw or heard anything. My attorney and I reached out to the DA and when we met, they flat out said “I don’t believe you.” (I’m the alleged victim in this case)

My husband is innocent and didn’t do anything wrong. My rights were not violated. This is my body, my choice and I asked him to do it because it is sexual pleasurable to me. It was controlled and we were in constant communication the whole time.

The DA is very “vanilla” so they can’t imagine this being desirable and pleasurable. I’m reaching out to you because I want to clear my husbands name and also put awareness out there for other couples/ families. If the State of Alaska is going to try and convict an innocent man, I want the whole world to know.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Traver

Juneau

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