No More Silence in the Dark: A Panel Discussion on Reducing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Alaska

by Barbara Armstrong  |   

"No More Silence in the Dark" was an event cosponsored by the Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and the Omega Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society. The event was presented as part of National Criminal Justice Month 2014 and "UAA Says No More" week.

The event was moderated by Ryan Fortson, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center. The program was held March 19, 2014, in the UAA/APU Consortium Library on the UAA campus, with an attendance of more than 150 students, faculty, and members of the public.

Senior Justice majors/Legal Studies minors Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer planned and coordinated this event as part of their capstone project through the UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL). The event, part of the the NO MORE national campaign, which aims to  increase awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault, was a key event of UAA Says No More Week, which is intended to become an annual event. UAA's campaign continues at the UAA NO MORE Alliance, a student club, and Simona and Kristen have continued to be involved through the statewide organization NO MORE AK. Photos and additional information about the NO MORE campaign can be found on the the Justice Center blog.


  • Ryan Fortson, UAA Justice Center, moderator
  • Marny Rivera, UAA Justice Center
  • Randi Breager, Program Coordinator with the Alaska State Troopers
  • Rhonda Street, Anchorage Police Department officer
  • Dave DeLesline, Anchorage Police Department officer
  • Shannon Eddy, Legal Project Staff Attorney, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)
  • Dr. Angelia Trujillo, Forensic Nurse Examiner, UAA School of Nursing


Event coordinators and panelists
Event coordinators & panelists (left to right): Officer Rhoda Street, Anchorage Police Department; Dr. Marny Rivera, UAA Justice Center; Kristen Speyerer, event coordinator; Simona Gerdts, event coordinator; Dr. Ryan Forston, UAA Justice Center; Dr. Angelia Trujillo, UAA School of Nursing; Officer Dave DeLesline, Anchorage Police Department. Photo by Isabella Forshee


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Video PSA

The "UAA Says NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault" video PSA was created as part of the "UAA Says No More" campaign launched during the Fall 2013 semester at University of Alaska Anchorage and features UAA students, faculty, and staff. Video production and editing donated by Eric Baldwin, Media Technician, UAA Academic Innovations & ELearning.


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