KODIAK — Carrying umbrellas, banners and balloons, about 50 Kodiak residents marched through the rain Thursday afternoon, participating in the local edition of a statewide antiviolence campaign.

The campaign, called "Choose Respect," is intended to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in order to encourage Alaskans to prevent some of the most common crimes in the state.

Kodiak's event was sponsored by the Women's Resource and Crisis Center, Hope Community Resources, Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, the Native Village of Afognak, Kodiak Lions Club, Subway of Kodiak, and other groups.

Kodiak's march, which began at noon and ran from Kodiak to the Sun'aq Tribal Hall, was followed by short speeches and a proclamation by borough Mayor Jerome Selby.

Kodiak's event was mirrored by others across the archipelago. According to the coordinating website for the event, Akhiok, Ouzinkie, Old Harbor and Port Lions each participated in the campaign.

For more information about the Choose Respect campaign, visit http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/priorities/choose-respect.html

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