One in four women experience or live with a form of abuse within an intimate relationship that threatens her emotional or physical well-being. “Prevail” is a panel discussion that will examine how to recognize the many forms of abuse, offer techniques to confront abusive behavior and pave the way to finding personal resilience.

“Prevail” will be joined by panelists Alana Kindness, Executive Director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA); Detective Justin Boardman; Lindsay Hansen-Park, a women’s rights activist for Mormon women and feminist blogger; and moderator Cat Palmer, award winning artist, photographer and activist.

NOV 5 | 7 PM @UMOCA  RSVP on Facebook>



Meet the Panelists

Alana Kindness
Alana Kindness is the Executive Director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), a non-profit agency that provides resources, training, and technical assistance to individuals and agencies involved in sexual violence prevention and response. She received her Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Utah in 2007, and is an adjunct instructor at Westminster College where she teaches a course on Gender-Based Violence in a Public Health Framework. Kindness has over 15 years of experience advocating for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and facilitating training for professionals from multiple disciplines on providing a coordinated, victim-centered response to survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Justin Boardman
Justin Boardman is a detective in law enforcement with the West Valley City Police Department and for the past four years, has been assigned to the Investigations Section in the Special Victim’s Unit. Boardman has a true passion for his work which shows in his involvement as a presenter for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), Salt Lake Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s (SL SANE),and others. Detective Boardman sits on the Board of Director’s for the Rape Recovery Center (RRC) and has implemented a new interview technique using the Neurobiology of Trauma for the adult victims of sexual assault in West Valley City. This was done in hopes to change the outcome of these crimes by gathering more evidence and being more victims centric. He truly believes the only way to change the current “rape culture” is to train the future investigators.

Lindsay Hansen-Park
Lindsay Hansen-Park is a women’s rights activist, a feminist blogger and an advocate against gender violence. She co-founded Utah For Congo to raise awareness for post rape survivors and is currently heavily involved in the Mormon Feminist movement. She is presently the Marketing and Communications Director for the Sunstone Education Foundation and the founder of the Feminist Mormon Housewives Podcast. She is the Director of Counseling Services for the Whitefields Education Foundation and blogs for about women’s issues. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the Los Angeles Times and many other Utah publications.

Cat Palmer
Cat Palmer is an award winning artist, photographer and activist of human empowerment due to her childhood growing up against the backdrop of Los Angeles. Palmer has exhibited all over the salt lake valley. She has devoted her craft to the expression of meaning through images, and has found a powerful voice in women’s empowerment. This focus stems from her deep-seeded belief that femininity and beauty are not physical attributes, but rather attributes of the heart. Her images of confident and hopeful women, surrounded in words of encouragement, begin to reveal the true beauty of a powerful woman.