Spring 2015 Support Groups
Student Wellness & Health Promotion is offering a Sexual Assault Survivors' Support Group and a Healthy Relationships Support Group. They will not be open to the public. If interested, please call 831-3457 to schedule a 30-minute appointment. Group meetings will be 8-10 weeks, and will hopefully begin in the first week of March. Give yourself the gift of this experience!
S.O.S. - Sexual Offense Support
Sexual Offense Support is a volunteer organization providing support and advocacy to survivors of all forms of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking, as well as educating the University of Delaware community on these topics. Learn how a Victim Advocate can help!
S.O.S. is made up of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers, staff and community volunteers. S.O.S. is a program of Student Wellness & Health Promotion on campus. Please explore our website to learn more about our services, assistance for victims, how you can volunteer, and other helpful information. Or call Student Wellness & Health Promotion at 302-831-3457.
An S.O.S. Victim Advocate can provide 24/7 crisis assistance for anyone in the UD community:
Explain options that victims have & information about all the various resources & reporting options available
A listening ear, support, compassion, empathy
Answers to questions you may have
Assistance in assessing or understanding what may have happened, assessing potential danger in a situation, and providing safety options
Accompaniment to the resources - especially to the hospital to explain what will happen, wait with you, provide comfort to your friends or family who are there, act as your advocate to make sure that your needs are met
Arrange a ride for you to the hospital via UD Public Safety and ride with you if preferred (you do not have to be filing a police report to use the ride service)
- Referrals to counseling resources both on and off campus and/or schedule an appointment for you
Make arrangements for you to utilize on-campus Emergency Housing or off-campus Shelter resources
Assistance in making a coping plan to get through the next few days
Professionals at Student Wellness can provide for UD Students:
- Ongoing crisis counseling, and the opportunity to participate in a Survivor Support Group (either related to Sexual Assault or Dating Violence)
- Arrangements for academic accommodations, either directly with your faculty or via the Office of the Dean of Students (extension on work due, postponement of an exam, excusal from missed classes, etc.)
- Accompaniment to meet with Housing & Residence Life staff when seeking a room change, contract termination, or Emergency Housing
- Ongoing advocacy throughout the Student Conduct process including accompaniment to meetings and hearing
Accompaniment to meet with the Title IX Coordinator
Explanation of the Protection From Abuse Order process and accompaniment to Family Court to seek a PFA
Letter to your landlord to verify the need for termination of an off-campus rental lease without penalty under Delaware law
- Verification on forms when seeking Victims Compensation Assistance Program funds through the Delaware's program (VCAP is available to victims who have reported to police)
To reach the SOS Victim Advocate on duty 24 hours/day call 302-831-2226. The Student Health Service staff member who answers will take a first name and phone number and the S.O.S. Victim Advocate will call you back within 10 minutes.
Students may make an appointment for services at Student Wellness by calling 302-831-3457 during normal business hours. You will need to provide your real name to set up the appointment, and complete paperwork at your first visit.
You may wish to learn more online. You are encouraged to explore this site, and also visit www.udel.edu/gbv to learn more about UD's Policy, victim options, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Human Continuum: Where Do You Stand?
Independence West Lounge
You will not sit during this program! It is designed to help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Presented for the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.)
SAGE's Annual Take Back the Night & Speak-Out
Stay tuned for details
Women all over the world have been shattering the silence around sexual assault and violence against women at Take Back the Night Marches for over 30 years. Join your fellow students at the University of Delaware to "take back the night," and join us after the march to Speak Out! against campus rape and violence. All are welcome to participate! Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE).
Doors open & refreshments at 6:15pm, Film at 7:00pm
Documentary: The Anonymous People with panel discussion
Rodney Room, Perkins Student Center
The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Panel discussion will follow about addiction and long-term recovery. Wear purple in support of UD going purple for the Purple Project! Free admission, suggested donation of $3 to benefit the Purple Project. Sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community, Elements Behavioral Health, and Student Wellness & Health Promotion.
Former NBA Player Chris Herren
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms
Chris Herren struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. Founder of the Herren Project and Project Purple, we encourage all attendees to wear purple for the event! Free admission, suggested donation to benefit the Purple Project. Sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community, Elements Behavioral Health, and Student Wellness & Health Promotion.
Annual Crime Victims' Tribute & Candlelight Vigil
Delaware State University, MLK Student Center Multi-Purpose Rooms
Speaker: Meredith Gardner Meredith Gardner's mother, Tammy Gardner, was murdered in Wilmington when she tried to escape a domestic violence relationship. Meredith was 12 years old and her brother was 10. Meredith will share how the crime impacted her life, and how meeting with the man who murdered her mother empowered her to pursue a career helping other crime victims. Those affected by crime are invited to bring writings, artwork or other meaningful items to be posted on the Memorial Walls which will be on display at the event. See the flyer. Sponsored by Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force. Calll 1-800-Victim1 for info or if you need accommodations. Free and open to the public.
"Party with Consent" with guest speaker Jonathin Kalin
Bacchus Theater, Perkins Student Center
This highly interactive program considers the reality that no students have their college's consent policy memorized. Participants will discuss consent, coersion, hookups, alcohol, sex, and sexual violence prevention. Sponsored by Interfraternity Council, Delaware MEN, and the SAPE Committee.
Student Wellness Coffeehouse with International Students
Office of International Students & Scholars, 44 Kent Way
Join Student Wellness Student Leaders from S.O.S., Opt4, Pow! & the Recovery Community for a coffeehouse with international students. Coffee and refreshments, and Student Wellness information & giveaways will be provided.