Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Resource Fair

Community partners and UAA departments spread the awareness


by Pearl-Grace Rasmussen

ANCHORAGE-- When it comes to asking for help most people let fear get in the way. 

"We want students to know that they are cared for and that is it okay to share that they have an issue or that their friends have an issue, and that they are not going to get in trouble, but actually get help." said Lisa Terwilliger
April 17th UAA held its first annual Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Resource Fair. 
"Most people at some point in time have a crisis," Tereilliger added,  "and that it's OK to ask for help."
Amanda Murdoc, the coordinator of the event, says it start with a little conversation. 
"The message that we really want is that we are here for you," said Murdoc. "We are here for our students not only to report but afterwards and to make sure you feel comfortable here on campus."
1 in 4 females will report a sexual assault or harassment, and 1 in 6 males will report.
Title Nine investigator, Stephanie Whaley, says the reports are increasing with student training's.
"With those students we develop a good relationship with them so they feel comfortable encouraging their friends to come to us because sometimes they see that we are not scary people, and they see that we are respectful." said Whaley.
Dedicating a month to spread awareness about domestic abuse and sexual assault is more than just informational. It gives not only students, but the community hope. 
"It gets me excited," added Terwilliger, "it means that they are looking for resources and they are looking for help and they are looking to help others. That's what we want here."
The fair concluded with a march titled, "No More" to end domestic violence and spread awareness.   
"i think education is power. knowledge is power."