As the victims of crime, Indian women also experience “more extreme violence” than other women, Deer says. “One of the reasons is the idea that Native women are less valuable. You see that play out in places like Anchorage, the rape capital of the United States, where Native women are targeted in bars. A crime mapping of sexual assaults reported in Anchorage showed a clear pattern of predatory behavior that was targeted against Native women.”
Interviews in the new study showed that Indian women often encounter racism among sex buyers. “When a man looks at a prostitute and a Native woman, he looks at them the same: ‘Dirty,’” one woman said.
“A john said to me, ‘I thought we killed all of you,’” reported another prostitute.
My family moved to Alaska when I was 11, and I lived there until college and escaped as fast as I could. The line kids always got from our parents growing up there was that it was so much safer and more idyllic than those awful lower 48 cities with their violent crimes and their gangs. And yet you could observe in town, firsthand, the rampant alcoholism, the racism, the fallout from the high rate of sexual assault. I think the rest of the country largely has no idea what a festering shithole of horrible crime Alaska is, and how dangerous it is to live there if you’re a minor, a female, and/or non-white, ESPECIALLY Native.
Cf the latest big scandal coming out of the town where I used to live — one of the most beloved town figures, one of the “pillars of the community” was just busted for 90 counts of child porn, including at least two videos that show him abusing children.
You couldn’t make me move back there for any amount of money.