Victoria Mckenzie, Associated Press
Updated 1:16 pm CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2019
NOME, Alaska (AP) — There’s not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer at the Bering Sea, catching, drying and smoking salmon to put away for winter.
But Susie is afraid to return to Nome. The man who raped her, she says, is still there.
“Just scares me, and I’m scared to see him, and thinking what he might do,” she says. “But I’m not scared in the village, or any other villages, because I know he won’t come.
“But Nome is like … I don’t really like to overnight in Nome.”