October is the month evolved from the Day of Unity, first celebrated in October of 1981. The Day of Unity was established to connect advocates of battered women across the nation. By October of 1987, the awareness initiative had spread throughout the month and the U.S. began to observe October as a national awareness month for Domestic Violence/relationship abuse. A purple ribbon is worn by supporters of the cause throughout October to help raise awareness. UNH honors this month every October by providing education on relationship abuse and healthy relationships. Learn more here.
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out regarding one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The holiday is observed annually by members of the LGBT community on October 11. Learn more here.
In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) to increase the public’s understanding of the crime of stalking and help develop and implement multidisciplinary responses to the crime. UNH honors NSAM each January. Learn more here.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) serves to communities on the prevalence of sexual assault. In April of 2001, the U.S. began to nationally observe the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month, organizations across the country host events and programs that aim to educate the public and reach out to survivors. Teal ribbons are worn by many to raise awareness in support of the cause. UNH honors SAAM every April with an anti-violence walk and the White Ribbon Campaign. Learn more here.
The White Ribbon Campaign began 20 years ago growing to be an international campaign involving men who take a pledge to help end violence against women. Each April, SHARPP encourages the UNH male community to make the pledge to never commit, condone, nor remain silent about violence against women and wear a white ribbon during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn more here.
The Clothesline Project is a national awareness initiative that was started by a group of women in the 1990s who wanted to give survivors and their friends and family members a voice about their abuse. UNH offers a Traveling Clothesline display of t-shirts made at UNH by members of our community. Learn more here.
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