A pair dozen residents marched and drove by way of the Prince of Wales Island neighborhood of Craig on Monday in an indication in opposition to home violence and sexual assault. The parade got here within the runup to a statewide digital rally scheduled for Thursday.
Prince of Wales Island residents carried indicators spelling out “respect” as drivers honked their horns and emergency automobiles sounded their sirens as a part of a parade in assist of survivors of home violence and sexual assault.
Pat Boyd organized the Select Respect Parade — she despatched video clips of the march in to KRBD. She’s with HOPE, a Craig-based home violence assist group.
Boyd says sexual assault and home violence are very actual issues, together with on Prince of Wales Island.
“We’ve served 69 survivors of home violence all through 2020 and 4 sexual assault survivors,” Boyd stated in a telephone interview.
She says she was glad to see neighborhood members — together with Craig’s mayor — come out in assist.
“It meant to me that individuals are listening, folks care and other people actually, actually need to finish the home violence and sexual assault that happens in our neighborhood,” Boyd stated.
She says the Select Respect march continues a marketing campaign began by former Gov. Sean Parnell. Anti-domestic violence advocates from across the state plan to carry a digital rally at 2 p.m. Thursday with audio system, panel discussions and Q&A classes.
The statewide digital rally, entitled “Alaskans Select Respect: A Neighborhood Dialog” runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday over Zoom. There’s extra info, together with a hyperlink to the Zoom session, at tinyurl.com/AlaskansChooseRespect.