With the goal of ending the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell today signed into law Senate Bill 22, the governor's comprehensive crime bill that enhances protections for victims and survivors. The bill toughens penalties for sex trafficking crimes, improves investigative tools, and creates stronger sentencing provisions.
"Alaskan families will be safer as a result of this new law," Governor Parnell said. "We are taking a significant step toward lowering Alaska's high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. Although progress has been made, we will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure all Alaskans are safe and free of violence."
The new law expands Alaska's rape shield law to protect victims after the assault has occurred. It also authorizes the court to order GPS tracking devices on perpetrators, and gives the victims of trafficking the ability to qualify for benefits from the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.
Additionally, statutes will be amended to prohibit probation and parole officers from engaging in sexual conduct with someone on probation or parole. The bill prohibits offenders in custody from contacting a victim if ordered by a court not to do so and eliminates the statute of limitations for cases involving child pornography and trafficking.
The legislation requires school athletic coaches to report to authorities if there is cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred. It also strengthens the law requiring judges to consider the impact of the crime on the victim at sentencing.
"I thank legislators for their overwhelming bipartisan support, and look forward to continuing our work together to keep Alaskans safe."