Established in 1989, the Sexual Assault Awareness Program (SAAP) is a key component of Health Promotion & Wellness at Dartmouth. The program's objectives are to:
SAAP continues to enhance existing resources and support services on campus. SAAP advocates for and supports those affected by intimate partner and sexual violence; designs and implements a variety of educational programs and events; and works in collaboration with other departments and organizations to improve the College's policies and procedures around issues of sexual violence.
SAAP also advises the Sexual Assault Peer Advisor (SAPA) program, which provides survivors of sexual violence with trained peers who can offer support and resources. SAPAs have supported survivors and promoted awareness about sexual violence on campus since 1991.
The well-trained staff in SAAP are an important resource to the Dartmouth community for questions specific to intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. SAAP staff provide crisis intervention; emotional support; safety planning; advocacy; and outside referrals. SAAP also offers opportunities for debriefing and consultation for those affected by sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, or stalking. SAAP collaborates across campus to provide educational opportunities, including trainings and workshops, for students, faculty, staff, or campus organizations.
SAAP provides private (non-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. Working with the Director of Case Management in the Dean of the College and the Title IX Coordinator, SAAP staff assist undergraduate students with academic and living concerns and implement other support structures. SAAP also aids graduate and professional students in seeking accommodations. SAAP staff can help students navigate the College judicial process and serve as an advisor in this process. As needed, SAAP connects students with medical, psychological, judicial and legal resources.
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
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 skill set that will allow him to thrive in his position in SAAP.
Robinson Hall (Robo), 3rd Floor
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
We know that most acts of relationship and sexual violence occur in the evenings and on weekends. In the event of an emergency during these hours, a variety of resources are still available to you when in crisis:
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Last Updated: 1/28/15