Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM

Please join us as we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April with a series of events.

Click here for a poster of #SAAM events organized by SASS and A Safe Place or scroll down for more information!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kick-Off at Great Bay

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH

SASS and A Safe Place NH are proud to kick-off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a special opening statement at Great Bay Community College to raise awareness about sexual violence. Information on the #NOMORE campaign and the Clothesline Project which will come to campus on April 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Portsmouth Lobby will also be shared. For more information please contact

Clothesline Project at Great Bay Community College

Wednesday April 8th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (Portsmouth Lobby)

The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program members of SASS and A Safe Place NH invite the campus and the public to drop by the Portsmouth Lobby at Great Bay Community College to participate in the Clothesline Project.

The Clothesline Project is a campaign that has spread world-wide to raise awareness about the issue of domestic and sexual violence. It has become a vehicle for anyone effected by violence to design and create their own unique t-shirt to express their story and/or personal message. These t-shirts are hung and viewed by others to serve as testimony to the many lives impacted by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.

This is a free event and advocates will be on hand to answer any questions. For more information please contact


4th Annual Kids Are Our Business Breakfast: Beyond the Classroom

Friday, April 10th, 2015, 8-9:30 a.m. (8:30 Program Start Time)
Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH

The Safe Kids Strong Teens K-12 prevention education program of SASS and A Safe Place helps to keep kids safe from sexual abuse, bullying, sexual harassment and teen dating violence. After participating in the program, some children seek out a trusted grown up and disclose sexual abuse. This year, a panel of experts from the field will explain the process of child sexual assault cases and the importance of violence prevention education in the classroom.

Panel Speakers:

Caitlin Miller, Director of the Strafford County Child Advocacy Center

Detective Eric Chandler, Somersworth Police Department

Meredith Jacques, Guidance Counselor at Idlehurst Elementary School

Katherine Newbegin, Child Protective Service Worker with DCYF

A $20 admission includes a full breakfast and proceeds support the Safe Kids Strong Teens education program. This event is sponsored by Sprague, Liberty Mutual, Great Oak Title Services and Opus Advisors.

The Hunting Ground Presented by The Historic Music Hall Theater

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7 p.m.

SASS is proud to partner with The Music Hall Film Matters Series to present a special screening of The Hunting Ground. The film: From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice - despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. A panel discussion, featuring local advocates and experts, will follow. For more information, visit or call the Music Hall Box Office at 603-436-2400. 

Noche Mexicana Fundraiser at Margaritas in Portsmouth for SASS


Thursday, April 23, 2015, 4-10 p.m. 
Margaritas Restaurant, 775 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth
Bring your friends, family and/or colleagues to Margaritas for a  delicious Mexican Fiesta night out for a good cause! Just mention “SASS” or show them this poster and in turn 15% of your bill will be donated back to the agency. Proceeds support the organizations efforts to keep kids safe and support services for survivors of sexual violence.

1BlueString Concert featuring: The Feel Goods

Wednesday, April 29, 9 p.m.
Fury's Publick House, 1 Washington St, Dover, NH
No cover, just great music!
SASS and A Safe Place present: The Feel Goods 1BlueString Concert! Join us for a celebration of SAAM with a special concert, The Feel Goods.  The Feel Goods are a ska and rocksteady band that pays homage to the originators of the genre while constantly diversifying their sound, bringing ska and reggae to the twenty-first century. Hailing from the seacoast of New Hampshire and conceived at UNH, they spent the last three years honing their sound to ensure an energetic performance for every audience. Their luscious four part vocal harmonies, monstrous horn lines and intoxicating live dub make The Feel Goods a band not to be missed!
The 1BlueString campaign invites musicians to replace their lower E-string with the 1BlueString to represent the 1 in 6 men impacted by sexual abuse in their lifetime. Help us break the silence and support male survivors! To get involved with the campaign and a starter kit including the 1BlueString scroll down for more information.

Seacoast Roller Derby at the Dover Arena

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 4:30-8 p.m.  & Saturday, May 30, 2015, 4:30-8 p.m.

SASS and A Safe Place are excited to partner with the amazing ladies of the Seacoast Roller Derby! We'll be featured at many of their bouts with resources, information and more so stop by and say hello! Learn more about the Seacoast Roller Derby here.

Children's Day in Portsmouth

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12-4 p.m. near the the Isle of Shoals Steamship in Portsmouth
Stop by to see SASS and A Safe Place for t-shirt coloring and more during Children's Day!


*New on-going campaign*
Follow us on Facebook for upcoming gigs featuring the 1bluestring

It is estimated that 1 in 6 men experiences unwanted or abusive sexual violence in his life time.  Most often these events occur before the age of 18.

Stigmas associated with male sexual abuse often cause incidences to go unreported, leaving victims feeling isolated, ashamed and unsure of where to turn.

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) partnering with 1BlueString, is on a mission to spread awareness by cultivating a climate of support, empowerment and recovery through outreach in the music community. #1BlueString is a symbol of solidarity and a conversation starter, to promote education and compassionate dialogue to help break the code of silence surrounding male sexual abuse.

We are inviting local musicians to participate in our awareness campaign by:

  • Agreeing to replace their low E string with our 1BlueString for a minimum of one gig. (Strings are available in Electric .046 and Acoustic .054).
  • Agree to take a photo or have their photo taken, stringing the string and/or playing. 
  • Use the provided script at least one gig to help raise awareness about childhood male sexual abuse and how their audience can get help locally. SASS will promote their gig on their social media platforms.
  • Allow for SASS to record them at a gig using the string and provided PSA
  • Use the photo and/or video on their own social media platforms with a link to SASS’s site. Please use the hashtags #1BlueString  #SASSNH  #NoMore

Want to get involved? Email for more information!

Run & Soar to Keep Kids Safe!

*Important team meeting for all interested participants May 26, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at SASS
This year we are shaking things up! For those interested in participating in our Running Team or Soaring for SASS Skydiving Day to benefit the SASS Safe Kids Strong Teens violence prevention education program, are invited to join us on May 26th for an important meeting to go over some new changes and updates to the program.
Our Running Team is slated to train and run/walk in the Thunder Chicken in August of 2015. Members can also continue to train and run/walk for the Seacoast Half Marathon in November of 2015. The Soaring for SASS Skydiving Day is slated for July of 2015. Please stay tuned for future updates or email 

Fall of 2015

Please save the date! A Safe Place and SASS are planning a celebration of the agency's merger on Tuesday, October 20th from 6-9 p.m. at the Atlantic Grill!


If You Need Help

Call our 24-hour toll-free crisis hotline:
(888) 747-7070

or (603) 436-1627.