Fairbanks offers resources for sexual assault victims

Published: Jun. 7, 2018 at 8:49 PM AKDT
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On April 7th, North Pole graduate Andrew Gaines allegedly sexually assaulted one female victim, and touched the genitals of another victim.

Both of these individuals were incapacitated at the time of the incidents.

He's accused of sexually assaulting these two victims, and was arraigned on May 30th in Fairbanks Superior Court.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, you are not alone.

The Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living and Resource Center for Parents offer a variety of services to those facing difficult circumstances.

Staff, including Brenda Stanfill, are available 24 hours a day to help those experiencing abuse.

“If we experience a trauma like this and we don't start talking about it, we internalize it and often times that leads to other kinds of behaviors that then people don't understand why maybe a teen a teen starts drinking,” she said.

And it's not just adults who may need help, “If you're experiencing this, you're 16 you want to talk to somebody absolutely you can come by here and we can make sure that we can talk to you about what your options are,” Stanfill said.

Right next door is the Resource Center for Parents, which houses Stevie’s Place.

Teens 18 years or younger are welcome at Stevie's Place.

Alison Munoz with the Resource Center says teens have access to law enforcement and nurses all in a youth friendly atmosphere.

"We do everything here and that's what's so great about a child advocacy center. They don't have to go to multiple places, which is very traumatic for these kids," she said.

Both organizations also provide prevention programs as well.

The Center for Non-Violent Living offers a coaching boys to men program for teens and young adults, to encourage respectful behavior and prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.

The Resource Center for Parents hosts classes to help parents in raising children to respect others.

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