Letter: Bill to help fight sexual abuse

I agree with Erin Merryn that sexual abuse in Alaska is a major problem and the time to work on solutions to this criminal problem is now. For way too long we have allowed victims to work through these assaults on their own, and in some cases placed obstacles in their path to make their struggle even more difficult.

Erin Merryn’s bill HB 233 provides an educational approach to bring this problem out into the open, to empower young people to speak up about sexual assaults and to provide adult support for young people who are victimized by criminals.

I believe HB 233 offers a good step in  the right direction to creating a better world for all of us. I urge members of our Legislature to pass this bill.

— Hugh R. Hays 

Veteran for Peace and Justice