April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of this campaign is to shed light on the seriousness of sexual violence and to educate the public on ways to prevent sexual abuse. This year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month focuses on healthy sexuality and sexual abuse of children. "It’s time … to talk about it. Talk early, talk often. Prevent sexual violence,” is this year’s slogan. By encouraging adults to learn about healthy sexual development in children, parents can instill positive behaviors, and skills onto their children. Adults will also be able to recognize potential risk factors of sexual abuse.
The World Health Organization defines violence as, “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.”
On Thursday, April 11th, the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), at UNH, is hosting “Taking a Community Stance: Stepping Out to Speak Out Against Violence.” This is an anti-violence walk and rally where students, faculty, and the people of the Durham community will be joining together to end all types of violence on the University of New Hampshire campus. This walk and rally will be held at 12:30pm-2:00pm on the great lawn in front of DeMerritt hall. There will be informational tables set up, along with a 20-minute walk around campus to raise awareness of sexual violence. After the walk, “ UNH’s Community Proclamation Against Violence” will be read. Be sure to wear teal, as it is the color of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign!
If you or somebody you know is experiencing violence of any kind; whether it be physical, mental, sexual or relationship abuse, or would like more information on this walk and rally, reach out to the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, here at the University of New Hampshire.