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Today, the front page of the Anchorage Daily News print edition is blank.

Here’s why. Image
Over the past month, @adndotcom has published a profile of sexual abuse survivors on the front page of the paper each day as part of our joint project #Unheard.
The project explores the high rate of sexual assault in the state by encouraging survivors to shape how their stories are told — in writing, as well as visually.
@otraletra, @nadiasussman, @aggggnessss, @kylehopkinsAK, @Theriault_Boots spoke to survivors across the state, collaborating with them on how they wanted their stories told — and shown.
Visual journalists from the Anchorage Daily News collaborated with survivors on how they wanted to be photographed and represented. They traveled a combined 10,000 miles to photograph all 29.
Anonymity in journalism is not taken lightly.

But some of our participants needed it for their safety.

While protecting those who felt they needed it, we wanted to provide a sense of agency to all in choosing how much to reveal.

Here are the results:…
Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation, and a staggering history of failing to hold perpetrators responsible.

We know there are many more out there — so we wanted to dedicate a space for those who aren’t ready to share.

Hence, the blank front page. Image
“This space is dedicated to those not yet ready to share.

Speaking about rape and sexual assault is difficult.

Many survivors in Alaska may not be in a position to do so right now.

We’re leaving this open for you.” Image
Today, we add another medium: an outdoor installation at the @AnchorageMuseum.

The 27 giant panels outside of the museum are joined by recorded audio from most of the people featured.

Literally making their voices heard.

It will be on view through mid-September. ImageImageImage
On Friday, July 10, at 12 p.m. AKDT/4 p.m. EDT, join us for a digital event with:

- members of the reporting team
- an advocate who works w/ in AK
- a person who chose to share their story in #Unheard

Read our @PulitzerPrizes-winning series on Alaska here:

And you can still share with us confidentially:…
And sign up to get our next big investigation here:

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