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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2017 Events 

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we invite you to join us in taking action! 

Throughout the month of April there will be events across the Granite State sponsored by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence's 13 member programs. Please note the events featured here are events that are open to all - for more information about additional events happening in your community, please contact your local crisis center.

April 2017 - SAAM Events 

1Blue String at UNH
Friday, April 7th at 8pm - MUB Strafford Room, Durham, NH
Crisis center involved: SHARPP

1Blue String is a campaign that asks guitarists to replace 1 of their 6 strings with a blue string to symbolize the 1 in 6 men who have survived childhood sexual abuse. You're invited you to help SHARPP get the message out here at UNH. 

The Crisis Center of Central of NH Presents: I AM JANE DOE 
Tuesday, April 11th at 6pm - Red River Theatre, Concord, NH
Crisis center involved: Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire (CCCNH)

Documentarian Mary Mazzio met several women and girls who survived the sex trafficking industry - one thing that surprised her was how many of them were willing to go on camera to share their stories.? The epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middles-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Narrated by Academy-Award-nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, the documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers in real time as they run headlong into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, powerful corporations, special interest groups, and an outdated internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to protect websites from any responsibility for hosting ads which sell underage girls. I AM JANE DOE is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.


Stepping Out Against Violence at UNH: Rally & Walk
Thursday, April 13th at 12:30pm - The Great Lawn in front of DeMeritt Hall, Durham, NH
Crisis center involved: SHARPP

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. This event will include informational tables, reading of UNH's Community Proclamation Against Violence, a student call to action to end violence at UNH and a 20 minute walk around campus.


Conversations for Change with WISE
Friday, April 14th at 5:30pm - WISE of the Upper Valley, Lebanon, NH
Crisis center involved: WISE of the Upper Valley

Join WISE of the Upper Valley for a discussion, consciousness raising, planning for how we are going to make change in our community and beyond, with tea and snacks.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Discussion Series
Monday, April 17th at 6pm - MUB Theater I, Durham, NH  
Crisis center involved: SHARPP

SHARPP and the Justice Studies Program have partnered to present this episode to examine both the realities and fictions of the show. Discussions will be facilitated by SHARPP staff and the Justice Studies faculty. Please join us.

Episode: Behave    Main Topic: Rape Kit National Backlog
This riveting episode brings to light the backlog of untested rape kits in many cities across the country. Rape is traumatic and the process of collecting evidence as part of a rape kit can only add to that trauma. If that evidence sits collecting dust, not only does the victim risk not getting justice and closure, it could cause other cases to go unsolved, or for further attacks to take place. If the victim believes that the attacker will not be caught, all the victim has left is fear that it will happen again.


Voices for Change: A Conversation About Ending Sexual Violence in the Granite State
                                                      Monday, April 17th at 5:30m - UNH Law School, Concord, NH

Congresswoman Annie Kuster and the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence invite you to attend Voices for Change: A Conversation About Ending Sexual Violence in the Granite State. The panel discussion will feature local survivors, health service providers, advocates and others will gather to share their experiences and discuss efforts to better prevent sexual violence across New Hampshire. Panelists include Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Chessy Prout, sexual assault survivor and PAVE ambassador, Allison Power-Bernal, Prevention Coordinator at the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Peggy O'Neil, Executive Director of WISE of the Upper Valley, Forrest Seymour from Keene State College, and others. The panel discussion will be followed by a screening of the Netflix documentary, "Audrie & Daisy". For more information and to RSVP, please click here.


CourageSpeaks NH: Inspiration & Spirits 
Thursday, April 20th at 5pm - Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, Lee, NH
Crisis centers involved: HAVEN and the YWCA

Join your friends and community for this FREE event featuring an inspiring gallery of photos and narratives. This exhibit will highlight the lives of courageous New Hampshire survivors and their positive perspectives. Hosted at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery, there will be a tasty array of small bites to sample along with a cash bar. 


Kids Are Our Business Breakfast
Friday, April 21st at 8am - Portsmouth Country Club, Greenland, NH
Crisis center involved: HAVEN

Current research has confirmed that childhood trauma has a long term impact on health and behavior. Members of our Education & Training Teams will be discussing the real cost of abuse, and the importance of prevention and intervention in creating strong communities and a productive workforce. Additionally, they will share what HAVEN is doing locally and statewide to bring prevention programming to students and teachers across NH.


MCVP's 11th Annual Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes 2017
Saturday, April 22nd at 10am - KSC Young Student Center, Keene, NH
Crisis center involved: MCVP

?Walk a Mile - or WAM - is a one mile walk for men, women and children to show their support for survivors of sexual violence throughout the Monadnock Region.  The walk is led by men, some of whom will be wearing women's shoes*!  All are welcome!

Check-in opens at 9am in the Young Student Center and the walk steps-off at 10am!  Please join MCVP, the Keene State Community and the Greater Monadnock Community and help us raise awareness during April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Before the age of 18, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse/assault.  And 1 in 4 college women will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault before leaving college.  

You can register to walk as an individual or register as part of a team!  Get your friends, family and coworkers involved.  Super prizes will be given out to the top individual fundraiser and top fundraising team! 


My Little Black Dress Does Not Mean Yes
Thursday, April 27th at 6:30pm - MUB Room 338/340, Durham, NH 
Crisis center involved: YWCA 

This event will be hosted by the YWCA and the Student Organization of Social Work, featuring guest speakers Peter DiMarzio, Victim Assistance Specialist from Homeland Security, and Jamie Cummings, Veteran Service Officer. This event aims to bring awareness to our community regarding sexual assault. 


Dancing with the Community Stars 
Sunday, April 30th at 2pm - The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Crisis center involved: Voices Against Violence 

This event will be presented by Voices Against Violence. Please join us for us for a fun-filled event supporting a local non-profit. We have paired some of our favorite community ‘stars’ with amazing dance professionals. After enjoying an afternoon of friendly competition, audience members will then get a chance to vote for their favorite dancers. All monies raised for this event will go directly to Voices Against Violence, a crisis services agency located in Plymouth, NH. 


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