Anchorage's Rep. Tarr Discusses House Bill 5

Apr 26, 2021

April is sexual abuse awareness month, and the Y-K Delta region has one of the highest rates of sexual abuse and rape in the state. Joining us for Coffee at KYUK this morning is Rep. Geran Tarr from Anchorage.

The statistics are not good when it comes to prosecuting sexual abuse and rape in Alaska. They indicate that in 2015, about 90% of the reported felony-level sex offenses did not result in convictions. Rep. Tarr has introduced House Bill 5, which would change the law concerning rape and sexual abuse in Alaska. During our discussion, we explore the difference between the “no means no” framework verses the “yes means yes” framework, and how would that shift the burden of proof between the victim and the accused in court.