But he added that lists such as Forbes' often don't tell the full story, and that Anchorage may not be as dangerous as it sounds.
Fairbanks finished third overall, but the Golden Heart City has a monstrous lead in per-capita rapes, with more than double the rape rate of the other nine cities.
Forbes reports the equivalent of 191 rapes per 100,000 residents in what it termed a "hotbed for sexual violence." Forbes reviewed recent sexual assaults and violent crimes against women in those cities and others to reach its conclusions, relying on the FBI's 2010 Uniform Crime Report.
Amber Batts, photographed in her room at the Glenwood Center halfway house in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. Batts pleaded guilty and was convicted of sex trafficking in 2015. I contacted her in jail and, over a few visits, she told me about her life and how she understood sex work in Alaska.
(Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News) Amber Batts, photographed in her room at the Glenwood Center halfway house in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. Batts pleaded guilty and was convicted of sex trafficking in 2015. Our conversations underscored what I heard from advocates and investigators: Many women involved in the sex trade come to it as victims of abuse and exploitation and, eventually, a few, like Amber, may become perpetrators of abuse or exploitation themselves.
The numbers barely scratch the surface, because many assaults go unreported and because the FBI statistics at that time counted only forcible rape, not other attacks such as date rape or sexual crimes against children. Haag said she could speak only for Anchorage because that's the city she's familiar with.
Victim services have improved there, she said, and there is more help and a more coordinated response after a rape.
Andre Rosay, director of the Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage, said surveys show that sexual violence is a much greater problem than victims' reports suggests, because not all victims report attacks.
A statewide phone survey conducted by the center in 2010 found that 37 percent of adult women in Alaska had experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. Dave Parker, spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department, said domestic violence and sexual assault rates are high in Anchorage and Alaska.
The manual delineates learning and behavioral objectives, materials needed, session activities, scripts for teaching each concept and skill, and experiential community activities.
Facilitators receive a CD with all session materials and additional resources such as DVDs, slides, posters, and games.
Law enforcement, forensic nursing and victim advocates show up simultaneously to work with victims.