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Delegation announces over $2 million to protect survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence
The Berlin Sun October 27,2021
“During the pandemic, we have seen an increase in calls to our state’s domestic and sexual violence crisis centers as survivors have faced isolation and acts of violence have escalated in homes across New Hampshire. These federal funds will allow crisis centers to continue serving as a lifeline to survivors and will strengthen our statewide response to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Thank you to our Congressional delegation for continuing to stand with survivors, we are deeply appreciative of your efforts to secure these critical resources,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, Director of Public Affairs at the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
WMUR October 24, 2021
Officials from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said help is available for any victim of sexual assault.
"What we do know is that more than half of the campus sexual assaults that happen in the country happen in the first few months of the fall semester. So statistically, that's a dangerous time for students," said Lyn Schollett from the coalition. "So, it's really important to know what the resources are and to be engaged in really meaningful prevention conversations."
Keene Sentinel October 2, 2021
Experts say, however, that mental health and poor anger management are too often blamed for acts of domestic violence, according to N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence spokeswoman Alyssa Dandrea.
Dandrea, whose organization comprises programs in the state that offer services to survivors and inform policymakers on issues of domestic and sexual violence, said abuse is an “intended” form of violence — meaning perpetrators can, but choose not to, refrain from their actions.