Teens in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley are using musical performances to empower their peers to talk about sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Glenn Massay Theater hosted the second annual Rock the Resilience on Monday night.

Dozens of youth came together to showcase their talent. Their lighthearted performances spread a serious message — no matter what kind of violence a person has experienced, there are people out there to listen and to help.

“I know it’s a big issue in the Valley, one that’s affected myself and friends, people I’m close to,” said 17-year-old Mason Shelden. “If I can prevent things from happening to someone like me or my friends in the future, five days from now, five months from now or five years from now, it would be great if I could help just one person.”

No More is a national campaign aimed at getting people to open up about domestic violence and sexual assault. The Mat-Su chapter started Rock the Resilience as a way to spread awareness locally.

“It’s incredibly important all this information is here, it’s accessible and people are able to overcome the stigma of asking for help,” Shelden said.

Alaska has one of the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. Teens say that’s a statistic they’re working to change.

"It’s something to fight against,” said Colony High School senior Kate Kelsch. “It’s something this day and age with social media and electronics. I think it’s something that can be combatted by letting people know that’s not okay.”

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.

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