October is Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Month
We are accepting donations of cell phones to benefit the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence and cleaning supplies which Child, Inc. will provide to domestic violence survivors when they leave protective shelters in Delaware. Both of these non-profit agencies actively work to end dating & domestic violence and to assist survivors. Drop off your donations to Student Wellness & Health Promotion, 231 S. College Avenue through October.
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.
Drives to benefit Domestic Violence survivors
Student Wellness & Health Promotion, 231 S. College Ave.
Donate your used cell phones to benefit the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donate cleaning supplies being collected by Child, Inc. for domestic violence survivors when they leave protective shelters in Delaware. Both of these non-profit agencies actively work to end dating & domestic violence and to assist survivors. The drive has been organized by our Dating Violence Counselor. Call 831-3457 to schedule an appointment.
October 20, 21, 22nd: 12:30-2:00pm
Phi Sigma Sigma will be collecting toiletries, non-perishable food items, especially: canned tuna, canned soup, coffee, coffee creamer, rice, instant mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, cooking oil, powdered juice mixes, hot cocoa mix, sugar, instant oatmeal, household items, especially: laundry detergent, toilet paper, trash bags, Ziploc freezer bags, cleaning supplies, paper towels, and clothing such as slippers for women and children, bath robes, pajamas.
Pumpkin Painting & Carving
The Scrounge, Perkins Student Center
Join Opt4 for some good old-fashioned fun with pumpkin painting & carving! Pumpkins are provided & it's FREE!
First Down Student Tailgate, UD Homecoming Game
Hospitality Village, Delaware Stadium
Join us in the Hospitality Village on South Campus for pre-game fun in a student-friendly environment. Guests will be treated to music, games, a photo booth, face painting, inflatables, giveaways, and more.Read about all the Homecoming Week events!!
How Domestic Violence Changed My Life
Guest Speaker Miss Delaware, Brittney Lewis
115 Purnell Hall
Join us for a talk with the current Miss Delaware, whose platform is Domestic Violence. This event is provided for CAP points and honors Phi Sigma Sigma's sister Allison Schmidt, who lost her life to domestic violence. Bring items to donate to drives to benefit Domestic Violence Survivors (see above). Sponsored by Phi Sigma Sigma and the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee. Read more on the facebook page. See all SAPE events.
Student Life Career Panel
Career Services Center, Academy Street
Hear from a panel of Higher Education professionals who work in the field of Student Affairs/Student Life. They will speak about their graduate school experiences, getting started in the field, choosing a path, their own career paths, and the graduate school process. They will answer audience questions and after the panel will be available to mingle and speak one-on-one with participants.
Allison Schmidt Domestic Violence Memorial Walk
Newark Reservoir, Old Paper Mill Road
Join Phi Sigma Sigma for this Memorial Walk to honor survivors of Dating & Domestic Violence, as well as those who have lost their lives at the hands of an abusive partner. Your $5 purchase of the Memorial Walk shirt serves as your entrance fee to the walk. Open to the public.
2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Come out for a night of dancing, games, refreshments, costumes, candy, and PRIZES! Stay tuned for details!
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? 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.).
European Standards for Sex Education from the World Health Organization
Speaker: Olaf Kapella, Austrian Institute for Family Studies, University of Vienna
STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave.
Over the past few decades, there have been many developments that highlight the need for sexuality education including: the proliferation of social media, the global spread of HIV/AIDS, increasing concerns about the sexual abuse of children and adolescents, and changing attitudes toward sexuality & sexual behavior of youth, and the globalization and migration of people with different cultural & religious backgrounds. In the face of it, Europe is not leaving young people alone to deal with misinformation, stereotypes and myths about sex. Learn about the World Health Organization's standards for sex education in Europe. Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health and many UD offices and departments. See the flyer.