Many events to honor survivors and victims and raise awareness and much needed funding for local crisis centers are happening around New Hampshire for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Check back to this page again as we'll keep updating with more local happenings.
Steppin Up to End the Violence 5K
April 20th, 10:00am
Claremont Middle School
Turning Points Network will host its 7th annual 5K Walk & Fun Run. When you Step up to End Violence you send a message that Sullivan County cares about survivors! For more information or to get involved call 543-0155 or visit www.free-to-soar.org
Clothesline Project and Victims' Rights Day
April 8, 11:00am
The annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day will be held Tuesday, April 8 at St. Paul's Church in Concord. The event includes the unveiling of the powerful Clothesline Project Display organized by the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. It will be on on display from 11am to 3pm. This project highlights the pain and healing experienced by survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It gives survivors and their loved ones a way to cope with and express what they have experienced by writing messages on t-shirts. A press conference featuring members of the Attorney General’s office as well as other victim’s rights organizations will take place at St. Paul's Church at 11am. A memorial service will be held at the facility that evening at 5:30pm.
Cocktails for a Cause
April 24, 5:00 pm
Orr & Reno, 45 S. Main St. Concord
Hosted by Senator Sylvia Larsen with speaker Lyn Schollett, the Executive Director of NHCADSV. For powerful women, that’s you! Education about the issues of domestic and sexual violence is the focus of this free gathering.
RSVP to email@example.com
Screening & Discussion: Brave Miss World
April 30, 6:00 pm
Hosted by: CCCNH and Red River Theatre
This documentary tells the story of 1998 Miss World Linor Abargil’s path from rape victim to advocate.
Further details: TBA
Weekend of May 2
Several Merrimack County faith communities have stepped up to the plate through Concord’s Interfaith Council and have organized a PREACH IN for their gathering day of worship where the topics of domestic and sexual violence will be discussed, preached about. Participating faith communities to date: Bow Mills United Methodist Church, Bow; Concordia Lutheran Church, Concord; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord; Temple Beth Jacob, Concord; South Congregational Church, Concord; Unitarian Universalist Churches of, Concord, Franklin and Manchester.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
PREACH IN Candle Light Vigil and Walk
May 4, 7:00 pm
South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St, Concord
Vigil and prayers for those affected by domestic and sexual violence followed by a candlelight march from South Congregational Church to Concord’s State House Steps. Convening at the State House at 8:00pm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
W.A.M. Walk a Mile In Her Shoes Registration Event and Beers for a Cause!
June 5, Time: TBA
Barley House, 132 N. Main Street, Concord
An opportunity to sign up for the Crisis Center of Central NH’s first W.A.M. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event and to learn more about domestic and sexual violence. Advance registration is $20.00 per person.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARPP of the University of New Hampshire will be holding several events in April, including:
Stepping Out to Speak Out Against Violence Rally & Walk
April 1012:30 - 2:00pm
The Great Lawn (rain location MUB Strafford Room)
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SHARPP cordially invites the UNH Community to SHARPP’s 4th Annual Taking a Community Stance: Stepping Out to Speak Out Against Violence. This localized social movement aims at gathering students, faculty, staff and Durham community members together to take a collective and powerful stance against all forms of violence on our campus, including violence against women. Violence against victims/survivors results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, able-bodyism, ageism and other oppressions. Contact: Maggie Wells at email@example.com
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ®
April 19, 10:00am
Keene State College
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention is holding its 8th Annual one mile walk-a-thon for men, women and children to show their support for survivors of sexual assault. For more information including registration materials go to www.mcvprevention.org/CalendarofEvents.asp
or call (603) 352-3844 x207
(For more information on all Laconia and Belknap County events below, contact New Beginnings at (603) 528-6511)
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Library Displays
April 1-31, hours vary by location
Locations: Libraries throughout Belknap County
New Beginnings is partnering with libraries serving Belknap County towns to create displays that feature readings about sexual violence and educational and outreach materials. Displays include a variety of genres, such as fiction, young adult fiction, non-fiction, and self help books. Individuals and book clubs are encouraged to select books from the display, and facilitated book discussions with New Beginnings staff are available upon request.
Community Connections: Reaching Out to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
April 15th, 6:30pm
Location: Woodside Building – Taylor Community, Laconia NH
New Beginnings is collaborating with Zonta of the Lakes Region, a branch of the global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. New Beginnings will present on how community members can reach out to end domestic and sexual violence. This will launch a collaborative initiative between New Beginnings and Zonta to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence and community resources. This presentation will be hosted by Zonta; all community members are welcome to attend and participate in the following ongoing outreach campaign.
April 1st, 11:00-2:00pm
Locations: Lakes Region Community College
New Beginnings will be hosting a Clothesline Project display and t-shirt making event to help break the silence around domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and violence against the LGBTQ community. Victims, survivors, family members, friends, and supporters will create shirts to be part of the statewide displays. T-shirt making opportunities are also available at “Hands Across The Table” community dinners in Laconia on Tuesday nights from March 18 to April 1 and at New Beginnings during office hours.
Locations: Various Schools in Belknap County
New Beginnings will be reaching out to local schools and medical facilities to bring Denim Day to our Communities. Denim Day is a global protest against a rape conviction that was overturned because the victim was wearing jeans, and, more broadly, against the many victim-blaming myths that still permeate our justice system and society. Join us in wearing denim to raise awareness, stand with victims, and call for justice.
Sexual Assault Awareness: Building an Effective Community Response
Date & Time: TBA
New Beginnings will present a training about sexual assault, the response of communities and systems, and ways to improve the response. This training will incorporate an interactive exercise; for this activity participants will be asked to assume the role of a sexual assault victim and move through a simulated experience of the aftermath of sexual assault. This training will be especially useful for those in law enforcement, medical, criminal justice and school fields, but all community members are welcome to join us and learn more about how to effectively support someone who has been a victim of sexual assault.
Systems Advocacy and Education
Date & Time: Various
Locations: Various schools in Belknap County
New Beginnings will be using Sexual Assault Awareness Month as an opportunity to engage in extensive systems education work. Materials will be delivered to service providers such as law enforcement, medical, and court personnel. In-service trainings will be presented at local hospitals, EMT classes, and psychology classes.
Saturday, March 29, 9am-1pm at the River Valley Club - Annual Spinathon
Anyone may register to collect pledges and spin. A minimum payment of $100 will secure a bike; ride solo or in a team. There will be t-shirts and prizes for all riders. Pledge sheets are at www.rivervalleyclub.com or 603.643.7720.
April 1 – May 1, Daily, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center – WISE Display
If you are visiting DHMC during the month of April, check for the SVAM display table with WISE materials.
Thursday, April 3, 7:30pm at the Lebanon Opera House- Unedited Voices
Come hear community member's experiences with domestic and sexual violence through readings, artwork, dance and music. Call the Lebanon Opera House box office to reserve your free tickets at 603.448.0400.
We invite you to participate in the Clothesline Project and decorate a t-shirt bearing witness to domestic and sexual violence. T-shirts and decorating materials will be available at 6:30pm prior to Unedited Voices at the Lebanon Opera House. Contact WISE AmeriCorps Advocate, Pam Broadley for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.448.5922 ext.121.
Friday, April 4, 7:30pm at Eclipse Grange- Parish Players: Women's Briefs
The Parish Players present readings of short stories, from the heavy to the hilarious, written by American women at Eclipse Grange in Thetford, VT. Purchase tickets with the Parish Players today at 802.785.4344.
Saturday, April 5, 6pm at The First Congregational Church of Lebanon- Quicksilver Comedy Dinner Theater
FCC Lebanon hosts our second annual dinner theater comedy show! Contact email@example.com or 603.448.4281 to purchase tickets.
WISE will host the Call and Response Foundation for an afternoon of Kirtan chanting. Join us as we find peace and healing through chanting and the power of mantra music. For more information visit, www.callandresponsefoundation.org, for a to be determined event date please visit www.wiseoftheuppervalley.org/events
“Like” WISE on Facebook (www.facebook.com/wiseuv) for event information and more.
Heroes for Justice Award Ceremony
May 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Heroes for Justice are individuals who are working in the Granite State to end violence against women, improve the lives of victims recovering from violent crimes, and promote freedom, justice and dignity for all.
Award categories are: Child Abuse, Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Racism
$10 donation for admission
For information visit www.ywcanh.org
5th Annual Empowerment Breakfast
May 21, 7:00am
Radisson Hotel, Downtown Manchester
Please be our guest and learn about how the YWCA New Hampshire’s work is empowering NH’s communities.
For information call 625-5785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soaring for SASS
Skydive New England, Lebanon, Maine
Skydive and raise awareness for the SASS Safe Kids Strong Teens prevention education program.
Kids Are Our Business Breakfast
April 30, 8:00am – 9:30am
Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland
Safe Kids Strong Teens will make its way from the classroom to the Annual Kids Are Our Business Breakfast on Wednesday, April 30th for a live show! See first-hand our interactive puppet show and learn about how SKST impacts the lives of children, teens, families and the community as a whole. A full breakfast will be served and the event will feature a keynote speaker, an overview of the agency and vision. For more information visit www.sassnh.org
or call 436-4107.