The staff in SAAP are the primary contact for all questions specific to intimate partner and sexual violence. SAAP staff provide crisis intervention, emotional support, assistance with medical, psychological, judicial and legal resources, assistance with academic and living concerns, safety planning, advocacy, outside referrals, and offer debriefing and consultation, along with educational sessions, trainings and workshops for students, faculty, staff or groups. SAAP provides confidential support and guidance to anyone who has questions about themselves, a friend, partner, student, colleague, or a family member who may be in an unhealthy relationship or has experienced intimate partner or sexual violence.
Amanda Childress, MEd
Sexual Assault Awareness Program Coordinator
Before coming to Dartmouth College, Amanda Childress worked as the Assistant Director for Health Promotion & Wellness and Adjunct Faculty at Ohio University. The majority of her career has been dedicated to prevention, education and response in the areas of sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault and other forms of violence. Over the years, Amanda has worked with a multitude of student populations; developed and facilitated hundreds of programs, trainings, and workshops; advised students; designed and implemented large scale events; participated in state and local task forces; developed and revised college protocols and policies; and has provided advocacy and support for survivors and secondary survivors of relationship and sexual violence. In 2009, she co-authored a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to fund a Campus Grant Program for sexual violence initiatives at Ohio University. She graduated from Ohio University with her B.A. in Psychology and her M.Ed. in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.
Benjamin Bradley, MSW
I'd like to give a warm welcome to Benjamin Bradley, who will be joining the team in the Sexual Assault Awareness Program (SAAP) as a Survivor Advocate, on August 1st. Ben hails from Syracuse University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Social Work and received the 'Bachelor of Science Social Work Award' for his commitment and dedication to social justice issues. During his time at Syracuse, Ben volunteered with the R.A.P.E Center, which was re-named the Advocacy Center: Sexual & Relationship Violence Services, Prevention & Education, and co-led the group 'A Men's Issue,' facilitating dialogue between men and exploring the interconnections of gender-based violence, equality, social identity and masculinity. While there he worked with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the LGBT Resource Center providing programming and outreach around sexual violence prevention. Following his time at Syracuse, Ben completed his Master's degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has continued his work with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
For the past few years Ben has been working in Fairfax, VA as a professional Social Worker, providing direct service, crisis response, and advocating for survivors from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Ben is passionate about helping others and uses a strengths-based approach to motivate and empower individuals, creating safety plans and connecting them to housing, medical, mental health, financial and legal resources. He has been involved with MVP, the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, a bystander intervention program that works with male athletes, and has provided campus awareness and outreach programs challenging traditional hyper-masculine values. Through his professional work, volunteer experiences, and continued education, Ben has developed a specialized skillset that will allow him to thrive in his new position in SAAP.
Some of you may have had the opportunity to meet Ben last week, as he came down early to take part in Dartmouth's Summit on Sexual Assault. Ben is extremely excited to join the team in SAAP and has already hit the ground running! I'd like to thank Bryant Ford (CHD), Kristi Clemens (DOCL), Giavanna Munafo (WGST), Jennifer Fluri (WGST), & Murylo Batista '15 and other staff for their dedication and efficient work on our Survivor Advocate Search Panel, along with the rest of the division who participated in our search process.
Last Updated: 7/28/14