The mission of the Sexual Harassment and 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 a University of New Hampshire program overseen by Student and Academic Services, dedicated to providing supportive services to survivors of sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking and their allies, as well as providing education and outreach to the greater University community. SHARPP was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned faculty, staff 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 or community support and guidance. The board aids SHARPP and its director in carrying out the various charges of the agency. The board also reviews the policies, programs and practices of SHARPP and other UNH departments and agencies regarding sexual and intimate partner violence and make recommendations both to SHARPP and to the university community.
Over the past two decades, SHARPP has expanded both its staff and it focus to include direct services and education on relationship abuse and stalking as well as well as sexual violence. Currently, the SHARPP staff consists of 6 employees. These employees are:
- Mary Mayhew, SHARPP Program Director, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Amy Culp, Direct Services Coordinator, (email@example.com)
- Maggie Wells, Outreach Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Connie DiSanto, Media Outreach Coordinator, (email@example.com)
- Slava Bruder, Office Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Julia, Americorps Member, (SHARPP.AmeriCorps@unh.edu)
SHARPP is a member of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Coalition is a statewide clearinghouse formed to provide technical and organizational direction to crisis centers throughout the state. The Coalition also works for legislative changes to aid victims of family violence and sexual assault. As a member of the Coalition, we are evaluated every two years on the quality of our administrative, outreach and client services performance.
SHARPP is funded through the University's General Fund, Student Fees and by a variety of state and federal grants such as the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the Family Violence Prevention Service Act (FVPSA) and the Sexual Violence Prevention Grant (SVP). SHARPP is also funded through private grants, charitable donations and agency fundraising.
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