The Red Zone is NOW...
The period of time between the start of school and Thanksgiving break is the "Red Zone," when college students - especially freshmen - have the most vulnerability & highest risk of being sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is NEVER the victim's fault. All Blue Hens help to make our campus safer when you #recognize dangerous situations, #support your friends & any potential victims, and #intervene in a safe way or seek help. Share your bystander intervention experiences on twitter & instagram and tag Student Wellness @UD_UseYourPower. Ask for consent every time in every sexual encounter, and respect your partner's boundaries if they say no. Tell us how you ask using #iaskforconsent!
- If you are considering reporting your assault to police and pressing charges against the assailant, time is a serious factor. Read all about your Reporting Options to help you decide what to do.
- Protection From Abuse Order (PFA): If you are the victim of Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence, you may wish to apply for a PFA, which would legally prohibit the perpetrator from coming into contact with you. You may apply for a PFA when intimate partner violence has occurred regardless of your relationship status: past or present partners; married or unmarried; living together or separately; teenagers, young adults, or older adult partners; share a child or not; or oppositte-sex or same-sex partners. If you wish to obtain a PFA in New Castle County, Delaware, you need to go to Family Court to apply. There is an excellent Domestic Violence Advocacy Program providing assistance to victims through the court process to obtain a PFA. Call 302-255-0420 to reach DVAP. Explore the rest of Child, Inc.'s website to learn about a number of services they provide related to intimate partner violence and other issues.
- The legal process can be scary and emotionally difficult for the survivor. Many victims find it just as traumatic as the assault itself. However, some survivors feel validated by the process and experience a sense of empowerment in standing up for themselves and in having the perpetrator held accountable for their actions. Only you can make the decision about whether or not pressing charges is right for you, but an SOS Advocate would be able to listen, answer questions, and discuss various considerations.
- For more information about the Criminal Justice system in Delaware, see the Delaware Criminal Justice Council.
- For more information about the state's Victim Advocacy Program as well as the legal process, visit the Delaware Attorney General's Home Page. The Attorney General's website also has a page specifically focussed on Victim's Rights and Victim's Assistance programs in the state of Delaware. If the crime did not occur in Delaware, you may want to check out your home state's Attorney General's Office for information accurate to your situation. The National Center for Victims of Crime also has good info on Victim's Rights.
- Some victims, whether or not they pursue a criminal case against their assailant, decide they wish to pursue a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. You may wish to contact a private attorney to learn more about this option.
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.
Speaker & Sexual Assault Survivor Debra Puglisi Sharp
123 Memorial Hall
Debbie is a Delaware resident whose story was in the news on a daily basis as it unfolded in April, 1998. Come hear her powerful story including the recording of her 911 call to police that freed her from captivity. Learn more: www.puglisisharp.com. Sponsored by S.O.S. and UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
123 Memorial Hall
This program, facilitated by members of S.O.S. will 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. Sponsored by S.O.S. and UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Project led by the newly forming Men's Action Network
Stop by Perkins Kiosk on Friday for a chance to win a UD Bookstore gift card! Just spend a few moments sharing your thoughts for a project on masculinity, gender norms, and engaging men in gender-based violence prevention.