Serving student veterans
Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.
Here at UNH, we have a population of veteran students that have a unique set of needs and have dealt with a number of things that many civilian students have never had to deal with. SHARPP recognizes these differences and is committed to serving veterans and military-connected students by providing accessible, free, culturally competent, and confidential advocacy and direct services to all survivors and their allies.
National data from the Veterans Affairs (VA) screening program reveal that about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men respond “yes,” that they experienced MST when screened by their VA provider. Although rates of MST are higher among women, because there are so many more men than women in the military, there are actually significant numbers of women and men seen in VA who have experienced MST.
All survivors that use SHARPP services have the right to respectful treatment of confidential information. All information and records pertaining to you will be kept confidential in accordance with NH RSA 173-C.
If you have experienced sexual trauma while on active duty or when returning to civilian life SHARPP can help identify and connect you to the services and offices both on and off campus that can best help you in your unique situation.
In conjunction with the services at the University of New Hampshire, the VA also offers free services to help Veterans in their recovery. You do not need to have a VA disability rating (be “service connected”) to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.
Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) www.unh.edu/sharpp 603-862-3494
SHARPP works 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.
UNH Military and Veterans Services (603) 862-3480 www.unh.edu/veterans/
Veterans Services is committed to providing support and assistance for veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, and their dependents. Understanding and navigating the various resources available to UNH student veterans can be challenging. Our office is staffed by professional student affairs staff and student veterans who are here to help.
Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) www.unh.edu/pacs/
PACS is committed to serving UNH’s diverse campus community by providing students with support and education for their person and academic success through confidential counseling, psychiatric consultation, and outreach and prevention services.
The VA Medical Center in Manchester www.manchester.va.gov (603) 624-4366 or 800-892-8384
The VA honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.