March 22, 2012 | Vol. 42, No. 12

‘Choose Respect’ puts spotlight on abuse issue

Leona Santiago, who grew up in Front Street’s Raven House, recounted her experience of abuse from a partner in Seattle during last week’s “Choose Respect” rally in Haines.

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Residents walk down Main Street Friday during the “Choose Respect” march sponsored by the Haines Domestic Violence Task Force and the State of Alaska. The task force is aiming to raise awareness about domestic violence and members are lobbying the state to ramp up prosecution in abuse cases.

“I was a little mouse. I had no self-esteem. My son was being abu...