Choose Respect

Bethel residents rally for Choose Respect. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel residents rally for Choose Respect. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

More than 100 residents of Bethel marched in a Choose Respect rally Thursday afternoon. It was one of more than 170 events planned around the state to make a stand again sexual violence and assault. Those incidents are often kept quiet, but Thursday’s rally was about making noise.

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Erin Merryn testifying in Pennsylvania in September 2012.

Erin Merryn testifying in Pennsylvania in September 2012.

This week, Erin Merryn is coming from Illinois to Alaska to promote a law that provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools. Erin’s Law, named after the 29-year-old from Illinois, has been passed in 11 states and is pending in 26 others, including Alaska. This story talks frankly about sexual abuse and rape.

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