Yes, domestic violence against adults or minors under 18 years of age is a crime in Alaska. An adult or teen could be arrested and go to jail for committing violence against a family member or someone they are dating.
Domestic violence usually increases in frequency and severity over time. Many victims of domestic violence suffer all forms of abuse ranging from threats to the use of physical violence. Violence is used to reinforce power and control of one person over another. Episodes of violence may be frequent or infrequent, prolonged or brief, severe or mild.
Verbal and emotional abuse such as name calling, degrading comments, and cruel jokes may be more subtle than physical abuse, but this does not mean it is less destructive.
If you are a teen experiencing violence from a family member you can get legal help from an advocate at a domestic violence/sexual assault program, the police, or through the courts with the help of an adult of guardian.
You can report the violence to a parent, shelter advocate, the police or a safe adult such as a teacher, school counselor or coach.
Yes, although advocates are required to report child abuse and other crimes against minors. You have the right to get help from a domestic violence/sexual assault program in Alaska. They can help you determine your options to get help and assist with resources and safety planning. A domestic violence/sexual assault program in Alaska can explain your legal rights and options. Here is a list of programs in Alaska.
A parent or guardian can file a protective order on your behalf with the court. There are several types of protective orders available in Alaska that last for different amounts of time including a twenty day and year-long protective order. You will need to fill out forms explaining the violence and why you need a protective order form the court. An advocate at your local domestic violence/sexual assault program can help in getting a protective order.
Sexual assault is when someone, without your consent, touches or penetrates you sexually.
Intercourse, oral sex or insertion of an object or body part into the vagina or anus is called “sexual penetration.” Sexual contact or penetration occurs if the offender touches or penetrates your body, or if you have to touch or penetrate the offender’s body.
Another sexual assault crime occurs when a person has sexual contact or penetration with you while you are incapacitated because of drugs, medication or alcohol and, therefore, unable to give your consent.
It is also a crime to have sexual contact or penetration with someone who is mentally impaired and not able to understand what he or she is doing or the consequences of their conduct.
Approximately 80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
You can get a protective order if you have been sexually assaulted by a family member, date, friend, co-worker, or stranger.
It is a crime for an adult to ask or pressure a child into sexual activities. Sexual contact between an adult and a minor child, as well as an older teen and a younger child are both crimes. It may also be a crime for an older teen to have sexual contact with a younger teen depending on their age difference. You have the right to say no to any sexual contact and should report sexual abuse to a parent, shelter advocate, the police or a safe adult such as a teacher, school counselor or coach.
This information in intended for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it substitute for legal advice. Laws can be complicated and it is important to talk with a parent, safe adult, or advocate about your legal rights and options.
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