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SOS Inaugural "Keep Moving Forward" 5K

Join S.O.S. on Sun 9/21 for our first ever 5K to benefit S.O.S.' work assisting survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence & stalking. There will be t-shirts, refreshments, prizes for Race categories. Register at: Races2Run. Registration begins at Noon, Race at 1pm. Together we can Keep Moving Forward to make our community safer and we can encourage survivors to Keep Moving Forward in their lives!

Expectations of Pow! Peer Educators

Peer educators meet weekly. The exact weeknight and time depends upon members' schedules. We determine the meeting night at the beginning of each new semester. Typically we have a one-hour-long meeting per week, or a two-hour meeting every other week, again depending on the needs. This is decided by the group each semester. Regular meetings are mandatory, within certain limits, so that the group can remain cohesive. If a peer educator misses many meetings, he/she is usually considered inactive for that semester. Infrequently smaller groups will meet bi-weekly to make plans and work on ideas in addition to the regular meetings. Meetings include dinner. There is a welcome-back meeting every fall and an end-of-the-year awards banquet every spring.

Training is always mandatory for new members, but experienced peer mentors are welcome to come and be cross-trained in a new health topic area, and are called on to help out with certain aspects of training every spring. Training is usually held at the student centers. Training dates and times vary every spring. See the Training Information page for this year's dates and times.

There are two functioning topic groups in which peers are trained: human sexuality, which includes all aspects of sexuality; and eating disorders, which includes fitness and nutritional concepts. Additionally, all peer educators are trained in general helping skills, programming skills, and making referrals to appropriate on-campus and off-campus resources. All are trained in methods of stress management, massage, and tobacco cessation. As a group, we are exploring complimentary health or alternative health concepts.

Upcoming Events!

Wed, October 1st, 7:00pm
Wanna Smush?
Brown Residence Hall
Talking about sex can be scary. Find out how your peers ask for sex in this fun, interactive exercise. Learn about verbal and non-verbal indicators your partner may use to indicate consent or non-consent, and learn some sexy new ways to ask! Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
Tues, October 7th, 7:00pm
"Virgins & Sluts" presented by Guest Speaker: Sexologist, Dr. Jill McDevitt
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rms A&B
Via carefully selected video clips and anonymous audience-submitted stories, slut-shaming and virginity pledges will be explored from a feminist perspective, illuminating how America's obsession with the sex lives of women is used as a tool of oppression. From historical uses of the "virgin/whore complex" like the hanging of bloody marital bedsheets in the public square, to modern incidences such as high school purity dances and the Sandra Fluke/birth control/Rush Limbaugh/slut fiasco, this workshop will engage students to explore the role of sexuality as it relates to gender equality and violence. Dr. Jill McDevitt is a nationally recognized speaker, blogger, activist, and sexologist. She has a B.A. in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family, an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality Education, and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. For more information about Dr. Jill McDevitt go to www.thesexologist.org
Thurs, October 9th, Registration opens 5:00pm, Race at 6:00pm
Altitude 5K
Laird Campus

Be the Change - Join us for Altitude's 5K Race. Register at www.races2run.com.
Fri, October 31st, 9:00pm-1:00am
2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Trabant MPRs

Come out for a night of dancing, games, refreshments, costumes, candy, and PRIZES! Stay tuned for details!
Wed, November 5th, 7:00pm
Get Up, Stand Up! Be a Courageous Bystander
Independence West Residence Hall Lounge
Have you ever heard a sexist or homophobic joke and wished you had confronted it? Witnessed someone name-calling or hitting another person? Seen a woman passed out drunk in a room at a house party, then a man goes in and closes the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? According to www.safeandrespectful.org, a "Courageous Bystander" is someone who takes an active role in promoting a respectful environment, or who takes action to safely and responsibly interfere with abusive behaviors, statements, or attitudes. This interactive program helps participants learn ways to be a courageous bystander and possibly save someone from victimization and trauma. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).