The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC) recently released the Mold Your Masculinity campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness about harmful masculinity norms and redefine what it means to be a man in today’s society. Society defines masculinity as being physically strong, aggressive, superior, and in control. Young men who conform to these limiting gender norms are at increased risk for poor mental health, risky behavior, suicidal thoughts, and perpetration of other violent crimes.


The three-part series of graphics tells a story: first, recognizing that we are all steeped in harmful norms and play a role in perpetuating them, so we must fight to rise above them; second, choosing to step into your own masculinity and walk a path unrestricted by societal expectation; and finally, recognizing that this needs to be a collective effort, working together to paint our own masculinity.

SYLC is a group of teens dedicated to working on an array of topics in the community, including shifting norms around masculinity. To learn more, visit Together, we can break free from the confines of harmful masculinity norms.

Sitka has a Sexual Assault Response Team

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This means if someone has been sexually assaulted and wants to the option of making a report now or in the future, we have a team of professionals in our own community who are available to respond 24/7 and collect evidence via a medical exam. For more information on what reporting could look like, call and speak to an Advocate at SAFV at (907) 747-3370.

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Job Openings: Victim Advocate

SAFV is hiring part-time, full-time, and on-call victim advocates to provide crisis intervention and  services. For a full job description, visit To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to SAFV is an EOE. 

Job Opening: Prevention Assistant

Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) is hiring for a part-time prevention position to assist with data management for all prevention programs. Additionally, this position will keep SAFV’s social media platforms and websites updated and provide technical assistance and support to the rural communities of Kake and Angoon for their prevention programming. This position is 10 hours/week. Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to Julia Smith, Prevention Director, at Position open until filled; pay starts at $21.15/hr. SAFV is an EOE.

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Apply now to join the Sitka Youth Leader

The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee has started up again for the school year! We are currently recruiting applicants from all three of Sitka's high schools. Applicants should be eager to promote equity and diversity across Sitka through healthy relationships education, social media initiatives, and campaigns on power, privilege, and systems of oppression. SYLC meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8pm, as well as once a month on the weekends for three hour workshops. For more information, click HERE.   

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This campaign aims to increase awareness of dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. SYLC believes a healthy relationship starts with a healthy me.

We are also very happy to announce the release of our new materials as part of this campaign! SYLC has put up posters and stickers in businesses throughout Sitka. The video below can also be seen in movie theaters in Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan

SYLC would also like to extend a huge thank you to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) for supporting our campaign and distributing our materials throughout the state! Every school in Alaska will be receiving our materials. Additionally, students might recognize SYLC's design in ads taken out by CDVSA on Snapchat and YouTube.

To learn more, visit

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Too Beautiful For Violence?

Visitors sometimes say that Sitka is too beautiful for violence, including interpersonal violence.

Local men might have heard about this kind of violence, but don’t think it is an issue here. 

SAFV staff analyzed Police Blotter and Police Report in the Daily Sitka Sentinel for all of of 2018, applying definitions used by law enforcement as well as women's advocates. 

It turns out Sitka Police received 112 calls on domestic violence, and took action in 82 cases, like arrested or charged someone with a crime. 

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The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault offers a free legal information and referral hotline for Alaskan victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Hotline, held every 2 weeks, will be answered by experienced attorneys. Click HERE for more information as well as the call in number and dates.


The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC) has launched it's new website! 

Check it out here to learn more about SYLC and its advocacy efforts.