April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month

According to a 2010 study by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, out of 100 women surveyed in Alaska, 48 experienced intimate partner violence, 37 experienced sexual violence and 59 experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both.

These startling statistics have ignited a fire within UAA, not only to help victims of these crimes, but also to create resources to stop them before they even occur.

On April 17 in the Student Union, UAA and various organizations from all over the community gathered together for the first domestic violence sexual assault resource fair.

Amanda Murdock, an alcohol, drug and wellness coordinator with the university, said the intent was “to bring together as many resources from all over the community as possible to our UAA students here.”

Booths at the fair included UAA’s Parking Services call team. In addition to offering jump-starts and car unlocks, the call team also offers safety escorts to a student car, should they find themselves working late or feel unsafe. All a student has to do is call the dispatch number (907) 786-1103, or if it’s after hours call the University Police Department at (907) 786-1120, and an escort will be there to ensure a safe arrival.

Another resource presented at the fair was the UAA Care Team. Their slogan quickly communicates their advice to students: “Sense something? Say something. Do something!”

The Care Team is a behavioral intervention team that focuses on reviewing reports about student behavior and determines what course of action is appropriate to support students.

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“Our No. 1 concern for students is just to make sure they are in a safe place,” said Stephanie Whaley, a title IX investigator.

The fair concluded at 1 pm with a march from the Student Union to the library and back for “No More” in reference to the national campaign to stop sexual assault and domestic violence.