January 31, 2021
Hundreds of sexual assaults have been reported in Nome over the last 15 years, but few have brought arrests. Even fewer resulted in convictions.
There are a number of factors that make it hard to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases. But some survivors feel law enforcement doesn’t prioritize these kinds of crimes, especially when the victims are Alaska Native.
A National Native News analysis of more than 300 sexual assault cases reported in Nome between 2010 and 2017 shows only 25 of them went to court.