For many, Alaska is a land of great hope and opportunity. But for some, their lives are marked by fear, shame and despair – trademarks of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our state is currently experiencing epidemic levels of this evil – and it’s up to each one of us to stop it. It’s time for Alaskans to make a difference in our state – it’s time to Choose Respect.

Governor and First Lady Parnell challenge Alaskans to step up and take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in our state. Together, we can make a difference.

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell speaks at the Choose Respect rally on the State Capitol steps, March 29, 2012, attended by Bishop Edward Burns, the priests of the diocese and Chancery staff.