Do You Need an Advocate?

January 28, 2011

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Everyone deserves a voice. The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, SHARPP, is open to anyone in the UNH community (students, faculty, and staff) to help you find your voice. Going through domestic or sexual violence is terrifying.  SHARRP’s advocates work with you to connect you to the right resources to help you get back on your feet.

The SHARPP program is located in Verrette House, across the street from Stoke Hall. It is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. During these hours, staff members and trained advocates are available to meet with you, no appointment needed. If you need support immediately, SHARPP offers a support hotline that is open 24/7, where a trained advocate will answer your call and work with you to get you the help that you need. The number for the support hotline is (603) 862-7233.

SHARPP is also offering a new online service, called Ask an Advocate. This service allows you to send an email, which a trained advocate will respond to within 24 hours. Anyone who has a question about themselves, a friend, a student, a colleague, or a family member is encouraged to use this service. Visit their website to learn more about the Ask an Advocate service.

Sexual violence or relationship abuse can happen to anyone; male or female, gay or straight, young or old. Finding yourself in an abusive situation is one of the most terrifying things that a person can go through. Seeking help from a SHARPP advocate means that you won’t need to go through this process alone. An advocate can accompany you to the hospital or to the police station, or even sit with you during the legislative process if you choose to take legal action. No one wants to go through a situation where they are a victim, but UNH offers services to help you through in case you ever find yourself needing them. To learn more about  what SHARPP offers, please visit their website.

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