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 committed to ending all forms of violence and continuing to work towards dismantling systems of oppression within our community. SHARPP would like to acknowledge that UNH is located on the Indigenous lands of the Abenaki, Pennacook, and Wabanaki peoples. Many of the local mountains, rivers, streams, and other natural features within the state of New Hampshire still hold the names first given to them by local Indigenous peoples. SHARPP acknowledges the painful history of forced acculturation, removal, and cultural genocide, which Indigenous peoples have experienced here and all over the world. We honor their ongoing connections to the land and the waterways we gather on and prosper from. We would also like to acknowledge the enslaved people from Africa buried unmarked in the foundations of this institution and the involuntary and exploited labor of people from every land who helped to make the state of New Hampshire and UNH what it is today.
For more information, or access to maps, films, educational content, and social media platforms please check out Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective (INHCC). INHCC is committed to re-framing New Hampshire's history from an Indigenous perspective. It serves as a living project that adapts, evolves, and expands as knowledge of Indigenous history grows deeper and more complex.
SHARPP is a University of New Hampshire program overseen by Student Life, dedicated to providing free and confidential services to survivors of Interpersonal Violence (sexual violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, childhood abuse, and stalking) as well as their allies. We also provide education, outreach, and training on the above topics as well as on consent, bystander intervention, and healthy relationships to the greater University community.
SHARPP was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned faculty, staff, students, 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 telephone helpline, online web chat and text services, crisis counseling, accompaniment to hospitals, information and advocacy related to the criminal justice and University judicial systems/Title IX, as well as academic interventions. SHARPP provides support for those who have directly experienced interpersonal violence as well as those who are close to the survivor, including roommates, parents, friends, family members, and faculty and staff. SHARPP direct services are provided by trained advocates and provided to the entire UNH community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. To learn more about SHARPP's direct services, check out our SHARPP Services page.
SHARPP's prevention programs and trainings provide education for students, faculty, and staff on topics related to consent, healthy relationships, rape culture, bystander intervention, IPV, and more. Prevention programs are facilitated by trained violence prevention educators and student community educators. Trainings are delivered to students in a wide variety of settings (residential halls, academic classrooms, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Athletics, Student Organizations, etc.). Additionally, SHARPP hosts a myriad of events, awareness campaigns, and rallys throughout the academic year. More information surrounding these initiatives can be found on our social media pages (@UNHSHARPP).
To schedule a prevention education program visit our Request A Program page.
As a department housed under UNH's Student Life division our student learning outcomes include:
Over the past three decades, SHARPP has expanded both its staff and its focus to include both direct service for survivors of IPV and prevention education trainings for the UNH community.
Erica Vazza, Outreach & Training Coordinator | 862-3494
Kate Gladstone, Prevention Specialist | 862-3494
Isaiah Chisholm, Staff Advocate | 862-3494
Valerie Bois, Program Support Assistant | 862-3494