JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Alaska.
Since taking office, combatting domestic violence and sexual assault has been a part of Parnell's legislative agenda.
He has called the violence a scourge, and in his proclamation, says violence within the home and within relationships “breaks the core of the human spirit and jeopardizes the humanity that exists in every community.”
He says everyone has the right to live without harm or fear of harm.
Parnell asks all Alaskans to “Choose Respect by not standing by while others are hurt, by supporting victims of violence and by participating in community efforts to break the cycle of violence.”
Choose Respect has become the motto for efforts to combat the violence.