The mission of the Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program is to eliminate sexual and intimate partner violence. SHARPP's mission is accomplished in two parts: by providing free and confidential advocacy and direct services to all survivors and their allies; and by offering culturally competent awareness and prevention programs to the University of New Hampshire community.
SHARPP is a University of New Hampshire program overseen by Student Life, dedicated to providing free and confidential services to survivors of sexual assault, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse, and stalking, as well as their allies. We also provide education, outreach and trainings on the above topics along with consent, active bystanders and healthy relationships to the greater University community.
SHARPP was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned faculty, staff and community members as a grassroots response to sexual violence on campus. Originally known as the Rape Task Force and later as the Rape Assistance and Information Program, SHARPP adopted its current name in 1982. In 1988, in response to a high profile sexual assault in Stoke Hall, the University administration provided SHARPP with the resources to hire its first full-time coordinator. An advisory board consisting of representatives from faculty, staff, students and community members was created soon after to serve as a source for community support and guidance.
SHARPP's direct services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency medical accompaniment, criminal justice advocacy and information, University judicial support, academic intervention, Title IX support and referrals. SHARPP also provides crisis services and support for those who are close to the survivor, including roommates, parents, friends, family members, and faculty and staff.
Outreach, Education and Prevention
SHARPP's outreach programs provide awareness and educational programming, including education programs for students in the residential halls, classrooms, and Greek life, and orientation activities and training for athletic teams, student organizations, and faculty and staff. Topics include sexual assault, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse, and stalking, under-served populations, understanding consent, active bystanders, healthy relationships and rape culture and Title IX.
Over the past two decades, SHARPP has expanded both its staff and its focus to include direct services and education on relationship abuse and stalking as well as well as sexual violence. Currently, the SHARPP staff consists of 6 employees.
In addition, SHARPP employs many students as both paid staff and volunteers.
SHARPP is a member of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Coalition is a statewide clearinghouse formed to provide technical and organizational direction to crisis centers throughout the state. The Coalition also works for legislative changes to aid victims of family violence and sexual assault. As a member of the Coalition, we are evaluated every two years on the quality of our administrative, outreach and client services performance.
SHARPP is funded through the University's General Fund, Student Fees and by a variety of state and federal grants such as the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the Family Violence Prevention Service Act (FVPSA) and the Sexual Violence Prevention Grant (SVP). SHARPP is also funded through private grants, charitable donations and agency fundraising.