April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient, and it’s a crime in the U.S. It can occur in many forms, such as rape, child sexual abuse, incest, intimate partner sexual violence and harassment. It is also not just a women’s issue. Men and boys can be victims of sexual assault and can have additional challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity. The LGBTQ community experiences high rates of sexual assault, as well as the often invisible victims of sexual violence — individuals who have disabilities. Sexual Assault Awareness Month helps bring attention to this extremely important issue.
Here at SHARPP, we honor sexual assault awareness month in many ways.
The White Ribbon Campaign
During the month of April this campaign works to inspire UNH men to be “part of the solution” and help end violence against women not only on this campus but for the rest of their lives. The goal for this year is to have 25 percent of male-identified UNH faculty, staff and students take the pledge to “never commit, condone, or remain silent to violence against women.”
Look for UNH WRC lobby programs in res life and housing.
Law & Order: SVU
Join us for the Law & Order: SVU discussion series on April 17 at 6 p.m. in MUB Theater I. This is the final screening of the year and will include a facilitated discussion afterwards.
7th Annual Anti-Violence Rally & Walk
Step out against violence at UNH! Join us Thursday, April 13, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. on the great lawn (rain location: Whittemore Center lobby). The annual rally and walk is a time to gather together as a community to take a stand against all forms of violence on campus, including violence against women.Wildcat Training Event: April 26, 6 p.m., Wildcat Den
WildActs Bystander Training: “YOU CAN HELP”
WildActs and SHARPP are partnering to help educate students about bystander intervention. The training will be a theatrical experience and will give the audience tips on how to safely intervene in situations that relate to sexual and physical abuse in a relationship. The goal is for the audience to gain confidence in being active bystanders.
Wildcats Stop Street Harassment
Check out our Wildcats Stop Street Harassment campaign. Find more information here.
Check out the SHARPP Instagram account. We are participating in 30 Days of SAAM, run by community educator and advocate Kayla Goodwin!
Join us, and honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month!