No More Mat-Su

WASILLA — Inspired by Wasilla High School teacher Jason Marvel, the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club has partnered with several groups to shine some light on the impact domestic violence has in the Valley.

Rotarian Dan Kennedy said the group took on this community service project after Marvel challenged them to take action in their community to prevent domestic violence.

That’s the genesis for the “No More, Mat-Su” conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 18 in the Wasilla High School gymnasium.

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In the University of Alaska Justice Center’s statewide survey, released in 2013, 53 percent of women who reside in the Mat-Su Valley reported they had experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both in their lifetimes.

Kennedy said it’s important to understand that domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender, and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

The forum is organized in conjunction with Mat-Su Sea Hawkers, Alaska Family Services, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

Wasilla City Councilman Stu Graham is Master of Ceremonies.

Guest speakers include former Governor Sean Parnell; Iditarod musher, DeeDee Jonrowe; and Jeaninne Milne with Alaska Family Services.

The agenda begins with information about the “No More Campaign” from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit nomore.org.

A break and a sack lunch is planned from 12:30 to 1 p.m. To sign up for a sack lunch, register at Eventbrite.com.

A presentation on the Compass program wraps up the meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit Alaskamenchooserespect.org/compass. The Compass program is a resource for adult male mentors who work with young Alaskan men aged 12 to 18.

For more information contact nomorematsu@gmail.com, or find them on Facebook.

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