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!
If you are victimized...
Survivors of all forms of sexual assault and intimate partner violence can experience a wide range of feelings and reactions, including confusion, denial, anger, shock, numbness, fear, self-blame, embarrassment, sadness, and helplessness. It is common for survivors to have:
- feelings of guilt and responsibility;
- concerns about their ability to make good judgments about people;
- difficulty trusting themselves and others;
- feelings of being violated, conned, cheated, and/or manipulated;
- difficulty accepting what happened as rape or abuse.
It is common for survivors of sexual assault or rape to experience Post Traumatic Stress, formerly called "Rape Trauma Syndrome." Seeking supportive crisis care or after-care counseling can be helpful in coping with these initial, intense feelings.
Survivors of intimate partner violence struggle with who to turn to for help because many of their friends don't understand and just want them to leave the abusive partner. You may find it especially helpful to get information and support from an outside resource.
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest often begin to remember their experience or deal with the emotions associated with their childhood experiences for the first time while in college. This can be a scary and difficult time and can create a great deal of turmoil in the survivors' life, even though the assault(s) happened years before.
No matter what kind of assault you experienced, it is important to know that:
- These feelings and reactions are normal, and quite common.
- IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! Sexual Assault is a crime of power and control. Intimate Partner Violence also occurs when one partner tries to control the other. No one can force a perpetrator to commit these crimes. The perpetrator always has other options and choices in the situation. You are not responsible for the perpetrator assaulting you even if you were drinking, on a date with the person, dressed provocatively, or even if you engaged in consentual kissing, foreplay, or sexual acts with the person beforehand. Your consent is required for a mutual, legal sexual interaction; without your consent it is rape. If you are intoxicated, then you are unable to give consent and sex at that point is rape.
- Help is available.
Caring For Yourself / Safety Checklist...Your options in the first 24 hours
If you have been sexually assaulted within the last 72 hours, you have some medical and legal options to consider which are time-limited. There are other medical, legal, and emotional resources that are available to you regardless of when your sexual assault occurred.
Use the black navigation menu buttons at left to learn about more options available to you, or call to speak with an SOS Victim Advocate who can present these options to you, support you, and listen. You are strongly encouraged to read UD Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Assault.
For UD Students on Study Abroad:
It is recommended that you seek out the UD staff members coordinating your trip for assistance navigating the local resources. The laws and the criminal justice system can be vastly different in other countries from what you may expect in the U.S. You may find it helpful to contact a local victim service agency in that country. The following are some resources to assist you:
U.S. State Department Travel Information Travel advisories, emergency assistance, common concerns for specific destinations around the globe, and many more resources for U.S. travelers.
U.S. State Department Help for Americans Emergency Assistance for American Citizens Abroad
VA Online Listing of Victim Assistance Agencies in countries around the globe where you can seek help if you are sexually assaulted, stalked, harassed.
Office for Victims of Crime Resources for International Victims of Crime.
S.O.S. is still a resource to you if you are a UD student overseas. Call our crisis number at 302-831-2226 for a listening ear or for assistance finding resources where you are in the world. You may seek out our follow-up services when you return to campus.
General Information For Rape/Sexual Assault Survivors:
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) for Women @ UD
PAVE - Promoting Awareness & Victim Empowerment
The National Center for Victims of Crime -- Violence Against Women (Provides info on Rape/Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, Stalking, Cyberstalking, Sexual Harassment, etc. )
To reach the SOS Victim Advocate on duty (24 hrs/day) call 302-831-2226. The person who answers will take a first name and phone number and the advocate will call you back within 10 minutes.
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National Eating Disorders Awareness Events
102 Gore Hall
Presented by Pow! Promoters of Wellness. Sponsored by Active Minds.
"The Health Ideal: Embrace Every Body" Workshop
National Eating Disorders Awareness Events
102 Gore Hall
See the flyer for details. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Sponsored by the Center for Counseling & Student Development.
Highway of Tears
Highway of Tears looks into the missing and murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department for the Women's History Film Series.
Tickets available for The Hunting Ground EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PREVIEW on March 11th
UD Box Offices
See details of March 11th event below.
"Come As You Are" - with Sexuality Author, Emily Nagoski
Emily will speak about her first book Come As You Are, which is an essential exploration of why and how female sexuality works-based on groundbreaking research and brain science-that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy. Emily is a former UD Pow! Peer Educator with a PhD in Health Behavior from Indiana University. At IU, Emily worked as an educator and docent at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex Gender and Reproduction. Currently, Emily is the Director of the Wellness Office at Smith College in Massachusetts. Books will be on sale and Emily will be available for signing at the end of the event.
Tales of the Waria
Tales of the Waria is an Academy-award winning film which shares stories of love and longing from transgender women in Indonesia Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department for the Women's History Film Series.
EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PREVIEW of The Hunting Ground, followed by discussion with Producer Amy Ziering
From the Sundance Film Festival site, where the film premiered in January: "The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind The Invisible War, comes The Hunting Ground, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate." Stay after the film for a frank discussion with Producer Amy Ziering. Watch the trailer. Tickets are free, but required and will be available through UD Box Offices starting March 2nd. Sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the SAPE Committee.
Service portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. We see the horrific traumas they faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries and all their challenges in receiving benefits and care. We follow them through the large and small accomplishments they work mightily to achieve. Part of the Women's History Month Film Series, sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department.
Recently honored with an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, Saving Face follows several survivors of acid attacks in their fight for justice, and reveals the work of a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has returned to his homeland to help them restore their faces. Part of the Women's History Month Film Series, sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department.