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Friends Supporting Friends Information Session

Monday, February 14, 2011

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Katie Cardinal
Monday, February 14, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of SHARPP

SHARPP is the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program at UNH that provides services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Within the UNH community, SHARPP provides emotional support, academic interventions, advocacy, crisis intervention, medical and legal accompaniment, and resources and referrals to those in need. Most importantly, SHARPP is available to all UNH students regardless of age, gender, race, religious or political affiliation, health status, socioeconomic status, national origin, and physical, mental, or emotional ability.

Once a month, SHARPP holds a “Friends Supporting Friends Information Session” in the MUB that focuses on friends of victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence. More often than not, when an individual is being abused, they tell a friend. This often puts the friend into a hard position determining what advice they should give the person being abused, who they should tell, and how they can protect both their friend and themselves. The “Friends Supporting Friends Information Session” is used to educate these “friends” about how to deal with the situation. Discussions with trained facilitators and other students will help the individuals learn specific ways they can support their friends while also caring for themselves.

The next three “Friends Supporting Friends Information Session” are on February 15th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in MUB room 233, March 22nd, and April 26th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dawn Zitney via email at dawn.zitney@unh.edu or by phone at (603) 862-1901. If you cannot attend a meeting and would like to meet with someone individually, please call the SHARPP office at (603) 862-3494 or SHARPP’s 24/7 helpline at (603)862-7266.

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