S.O.S. News

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!


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.


What is Victim Advocacy?

A Victim Advocate on Duty for S.O.S. can provide for anyone in the UD community:

Professionals at Student Wellness can provide for UD Students:

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.

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.).