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Press Release: Join CCCNH to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

 Community joins the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire to
 ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

 Annual march against domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County takes place on
Wednesday, October 7 at White Park in Concord


Concord, NH—Registration for the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire’s second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is now open. The second annual march raises awareness and critical funds for domestic and sexual violence victim/survivors in Merrimack County. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at White Park in Concord, NH from 4:30- 7 pm.

Sponsored by Eastern Bank, Concord Eye CenterMerrimack County Savings Bank and with support of many local businesses, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (WAM2015) asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes.  It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: domestic & sexual violence. This event is not just for men and boys. Everyone is invited.

“One of the most asked questions we received last year was ‘do you have to be a man to participate?’” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes co-Chair, Dr. Marianne Fleischman commented. “You definitely do not. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an inclusive event. We want men, women and children to come down and participate. Of course, the men in heels really do steal the show.”

WAM2015 will begin at 5:30 p.m., October 7, with registration starting at 4:30 p.m. Walk-in registrants are welcome. Registration fees are $25, using the discount code “earlybird” until September 23rd, youth 18 and under are $10 and kids 5 and under are free. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women's high-heeled shoes, a limited supply will be available for purchase at the event.

Advanced registration is encouraged by visiting www.firstgiving.com/crisiscenterofcentralnh.

Last year, over 250 participants came out in the rain and raised over $25,000 to provide prevention education and community outreach. The goal for this year’s event is to raise $35,000 to provide direct services such as CCCNH’s 24/7 crisis line, court and hospital advocates, emergency shelter and support groups to victim/survivors throughout Merrimack County. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be the victims of domestic & sexual violence in their lifetimes.  For more information visit www.CCCNH.org.

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Survivor Stories: “Please Don’t Put Me in the Basement”

“Please Don’t Put Me in the Basement”
(A poem)

Please don’t put me in the basement…
Please don’t put me in the basement…

You’ve got that look again.
It is a sure thing… there will be pain.
I try to make things calm, quiet and fast.
You try to justify, lie and buck pass.
Please don’t put me in the basement.

It doesn’t hurt anymore. That’s just how it goes.
I can cope; survive as long as the world never knows.
Keep my cards to my chest and my true feelings very near.
But you are getting more powerful, and your greatest weapon: My Fear.
Please don’t put me in the basement.

A moment of clarity: I’m not protecting them like I think.
My greatest failing is to my babies. I begin to sink.
Do to me what you can; they are my reason to fight.
Tear up all of the carpets, there’s nowhere left to put this out of sight.
But, please don’t put me in the basement.

Stop! I don’t want to live this way no more.

There are plenty of agencies desperate to stand by our side.
They promise to make a difference; there will be a change of tide.
Wasn’t expecting that things would turn out this way.
Why did you put me in the basement?

I have rights and a voice. How loud must I be before I am heard?
The system is mixed up, crazy and disturbing.
Now it’s you with that look again.
And I’ve got shame, isolation and even more pain.
Why are you putting me in the basement?

Written by a woman, mother and survivor of domestic violence helped because of your support.



Thank you for joining CCCNH at The Hunting Ground Screening

(CCCNH staff at the screening of The Hunting Ground on April 17, 2015)

Our many thanks to everyone who came out on Friday to see The Hunting Ground​ at Red River Theatres​ in Concord to benefit sexual violence survivors we serve. Special thanks to the evening's panelists and our wonderful board of directors for donating food for the reception. 

is also a special screening this Friday (April 25) at Colby-Sawyer College at Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m. This screening is free and open to the public. See their website for more information.

If you have questions about The Hunting Ground, want to assist victim/survivors of sexual violence or want to get involved to end violence on college campuses, feel free to contact us at 603-225-7376. If you have been the victim of sexual or domestic violence and want help, contact us any time at 1-866-841-6229.

CCCNH welcomes new AVAP member

Rachel LewisWe're excited to welcome Americorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) member, Rachel Lewis to the CCCNH team. Rachel joins us from Durango, Colorado where she settled after finishing her undergrad in Savannah, Georgia.

Rachel became involved in advocacy work "after hearing too many stories from people I met, friends and family." She joined the Americorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) to advance her advocacy skills and experience. She began her year of service with the NH Department of Corrections in September before joining CCCNH in March.

Rachel will mainly assist Merrimack County victim/survivors through courtroom and personal advocacy. She will also consult with CCCNH clients on financial literacy to empower them on their journeys to independence.

Rachel will serve with CCCNH until this August, at which time she will return to Colorado to complete her Masters in Social Work with a focus in mental health to help people who have experienced trauma.

Members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program are placed throughout New Hampshire with crisis centers, police departments, prosecutor offices, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the New Hampshire Department of Justice, child advocacy centers, and college and university campuses to offer support and information to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. (Read more about AVAP)

CCCNH & Red River Theatres present: The Hunting Ground

Join us on Friday, April 17th at 5:30 pm for the New Hampshire premiere of the much-anticipated, much-talked about documentary, The Hunting Ground at Red River Theatres in Concord. Tickets are on sale now.

 From the makers of "The Invisible War" comes a startling expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue - despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath - both their education and justice. (imdb)

The event begins at 5:30 pm with a reception, followed by the 6:30 pm screening. Stay after the film for a panel discussion with CCCNH victim advocates, student activists, and more.

At CCCNH, we are committed to working with colleges and schools to educate students, faculty and staff in an effort to prevent theses crimes. We believe that rape should not be a right of passage for young women and young men seeking an education. This film will shed light on what we, as a community, can do to ensure the safety of our children.


Survivor Stories: "Holly"

"Holly" lives in a quiet Merrimack County town with her husband and two children.  She has a great job and a house that she owns. She is lively and generally optimistic about her future.

This is a drastically different Holly from the one we met three years ago.

Holly’s first husband was the ideal mate. He was well known and well liked in the community. He was romantic and attentive, but soon after they were married his attentiveness turned to jealousy. Holly stopped seeing her friends and rarely spoke with her family. Instead of romance, there was anger and biting criticisms.

He made her feel worthless, as though he was the only person who would ever love her. That’s when the violence started and lasted for almost ten years.

When she tried to tell, no one believed her. When she tried to leave, he threatened their two children. Holly lived her life in total fear and in a state of hyper vigilance. For almost ten years, Holly hid the bruises, the scars and the pain.

She was finally able to escape through a series of events that led to her husband’s incarceration for an unrelated crime. She went to a lawyer to seek a divorce and sole custody of the children, so they wouldn’t have to visit him.

She told her lawyer about the violence. He believed her. He referred Holly to CCCNH.

CCCNH victim advocates helped Holly navigate the legal system while giving her the emotional support she needed. In a few short years, Holly was able to get a job and save enough to buy her own house. She and her children see therapists to help them overcome post traumatic stress.

Holly is now in a healthy, loving relationship, proving her abuser wrong. The best part-- Holly believes in her future and her children's futures.

Do you or someone you know need help? Please use our confidential and free 24/7 crisis line: 1-866-841-6229.

See also >> What is Domestic Violence?




CCCNH Overview

The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, formerly The Rape and Domestic Violence Crisis Center, has been serving Merrimack County since 1978. Supporting those affected by domestic & sexual violence, stalking, elder and child abuse and neglect. As a nonprofit, we provide services to victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder and child abuse. The mission of our organization is to empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Services are available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, income, or physical ability. Advocates can be reached be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide free and confidential services.


Conversations with Crisis Line volunteers and advocates are protected under confidentiality. This means that information shared during a crisis line call or one-on-one conversations with "on-duty" advocates cannot be disclosed without your written consent.
The only exceptions to confidentiality is in regards to abuse of a child or abuse of an incapacitated adult.