Sep 23, 2014 5:06 PM

Students feel safe on campus, despite UNH assault

DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE - One in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college. Just this past weekend at the University of New Hampshire, a female student was assaulted while walking on a path between Hubbard Hall and Christensen Hall. It was an incident the UNH Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, or SHARPP, has been prepared for.
"This year has been very busy and I don't know if that means it happening more or that people are just feeling more comfortable coming forward, especially given the all the attention that's been given to campus sexual assault," said Amy Culp, SHARPP Director.
Just last week the White House unveiled a new campaign for sexual assault and UNH is a part of it. But Culp says they've been prepared since the 1980s.
"Overall UNH is a pretty safe community. There's not a lot of people hiding in the bushes and that's reported to us. We know that 95% of the cases are going to be somebody that you know and so we talk a lot about bystander, how to handle our approach, or intervene if something's happening," she said.
Most students said they know better.
"Always the cell phone, so if I am feeling a little nervous, I can always have my cell phone out and dial 911 pretty easily," said UNH junior, Emily Martin.
"I'm always in a group, I'm never by myself so it's not scary at all because everyone's out, there's a lot of life around so it's not quiet and I feel completely safe," said UNH freshman, Mackenzie Weber.
"We always have the same group that we go out with and we make sure that we never walk alone," added freshman, Nicole Collin.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing any kind of domestic or sexual violence, or relationship problems, pick up the phone and contact SHARPP at 862-SAFE. You can call them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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