S.O.S. News

Spring 2016 Recovery Yoga!

We are pleased to again offer "All Recovery Yoga" for anyone who is engaged in a healing process.   Participants will not be asked to disclose information about their recovery, but examples include: sexual assault, eating disorders, drug and alcohol use, mental health struggles, veterans of war. Yoga sessions will be taught by trained instructors from Transformation Yoga. We will offer a session at 3:00pm on Wed, Jan. 27th as part of the Live Well Festival at Perkins Student Center. The first session of Spring semester will be held on Thurs, Feb. 11th at at 7pm in 160 Carpenter Sports Building, and will be every Thurs night at 7pm thereafter. Sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community, Sexual Offense Support, and Student Wellness & Health Promotion.


Medical Options:

There are a variety of medical concerns you may have:

  • INJURY: Within 72 hours of the sexual assault, you may have a medical need to be seen by a doctor to treat assault-related injuries. If the assault was more physically violent in nature, there may be internal tearing treatable by a doctor.
  • SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASES: It is possible to contract a sexually transmitted disease during a sexual assault. It is recommended that you seek examination, testing, and preventative medicine for STDs if you have been assaulted. It is important that you be seen by a doctor as soon as possible, but if you do not get treated immediately, it is still worthwhile to seek treatment. There are nurse practitioners and/or gynecologists who can treat you at the Student Health Service (for U of D students), Planned Parenthood, or ChristianaCare Medical Center.
  • PREGNANCY: Pregnancy is another concern if you are female. You may receive pregnancy testing via any of the health agencies listed above. Christiana Care Medical Center, Planned Parenthood, and UD's Student Health Service -- Women's Health Clinic. You may also wish to obtain emergency contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. EC is available over the counter at local pharmacies, or can be purchased at a lower fee at the Student Health Service's Dispensary. If you use emergency contraceptive, it is most effective if taken within 72 hours after the assault, but it can be used in the first 5 days after unprotected sex or sexual assault.
  • EVIDENCE COLLECTION: The ChristianaCare Medical Center has a staff of forensic nurses who can perform an official evidence collection exam (sometimes referred to as a "rape kit") to use in conjunction with legal proceedings against the assailant (see Legal Options). Forensic nurses, formerly known as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.), are on staff 24 hours/day and there is a separate examination room from the rest of the ER. If you go to the emergency room, let the triage desk know that you have been assaulted and would like to be seen by the SANE/forensic nurse. This will put you on a faster track to be seen, examined, and released (as is possible based on how busy the ER is that day and how many traumas they must treat.) If you are unsure whether or not you wish to press charges, Christiana ER has the ability to store the evidence collected for up to 14 days to allow victims more time to decide whether or not they want to make a police report and have a criminal investigation conducted. It is critical to collect evidence as soon as possible after the sexual assault. Evidence collection is most successful within the first 24 hours after the assault, and it is recommended that you do not shower prior to examination, as showering will cause evidence to be lost. Within the first 72 is considered the best window of time. The Forensic Nurses encourage victims to be examined even when more time has passed since the assault, as some evidence may still be obtained.
  • TRANSPORTATION: University of Delaware Police, 302-831-2222, will provide transport to the Student Health Service or to the Christiana Hospital for University students, whether the assault happened on campus or in Newark. An unmarked car can be requested for the transport. You do not need to disclose why you need transport (beyond "medical care") to the hospital in order to utilize this service.
  • POLICE REPORTING: The University Police will not file a report if the survivor does not wish to provide information or press legal charges. An alternative they offer is to take a report for informational purposes without pressing charges. This option is helpful if the survivor needs time to decide what she wants to do, yet allow the information to be collected while it is fresh in the victim's mind. In any case, the officer will try to help the survivor get to the resources necessary for medical and emotional assistance. It is a common misperception that University police will press charges against the victim for underage drinking if the victim was intoxicated at the time of the assault. S.O.S. has been assured by University Police that they will not prosecute victims for underage drinking, and are more concerned about addressing the more severe felony crime of sexual assault.
  • TESTING FOR DATE RAPE DRUGS: Christiana Care Medical Center can send samples for testing to see if date rape drugs, such as GHB, Rohypnol, & Ketamine, are present in the victim's body. This option is only available to you in the first hours after an assault because the evidence leaves your system at first urination. If you suspect you have been drugged, you may collect the first urine after waking up in a clean, dry container. You can refrigerate or freeze your sample and bring it to the hospital with you. Urine kept in this way can be tested for Rohypnol days and even weeks after collection. For more information, visit SOS' info about Date Rape Drugs.
  • 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.

    Upcoming Events!

    Thurs, Feb. 11th, 7:00pm
    All Recovery Yoga
    160 Carpenter Sports Bldg.
    We are excited to have FREE weekly All Recovery Yoga return for Spring! Classes resume on 2/11 and will be weekly on Thurs nights at 7pm. Unlike other yoga classes, this practice focuses on poses that are restorative, rather than those with the potential to be triggering. Taught by Transformation Yoga and sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community and Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.)
    Tues, Feb. 23rd, 7:00pm
    Yes Means Yes: Battling Rape Culture and Moving Towards a Positive Sexuality
    Rodney Room, Perkins Student Center
    Nationally known speaker & author Jessica Valenti, creator of the Feministing blog, will be on campus to speak about ending rape culture and striving toward a culture of positive sexuality. Sponsored by Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee. Call 831-3457 for information.
    Wed, Feb. 24th, 7:00pm
    All Recovery Yoga
    160 Carpenter Sports Bldg.
    We are excited to have FREE weekly All Recovery Yoga return for Spring! Classes resume on 2/11 and will be weekly on Thurs nights at 7pm. Unlike other yoga classes, this practice focuses on poses that are restorative, rather than those with the potential to be triggering. Taught by Transformation Yoga and sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community and Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.)
    Mon, Mar. 8th, 7:00pm
    Gail Dines
    Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms
    Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
    Wed, Mar. 9th, 7:00pm
    Wellness Speaker Series: Aydian Dowling
    Trabant Theater
    Aydian Dowling is a FTM transgender businessman, activist, and model from Long Island, NY who has gained world-wide recognition as a lead contender in the 2015 Men's Health Magazine search for the "Ultimate Men's Health Guy". Aydian will speak about his journey transitioning, the importance of acceptance, and his experience's relationship to wellness. Sponsored by Pow! and TEDx UD. Call 831-3457 for information.
    Wed, Mar. 16th, 7:00pm
    Netflix and Chill?
    Location TBA
    Talking about sex can be scary. Find out how your peers ask for sex in this fun, interactive exercise. Learn more about verbal, and non-verbal indicators your partner may use to indicate consent or not-consent, and learn some new sexy ways to ask! Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.) and sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
    Tues, April 19th, 7:00pm
    Wellness Speaker Series: Quiet Riot Comedy Theater
    Trabant Multi-Purpose Rms A&B
    Composed of two brothers, Bill and David Mettler, Quiet Riot combines comedy, mime, storytelling, music and sound effects to discuss the importance of kindness in all aspects of life. The audience will explore how kindness towards themselves and others can impact leadership and role modeling, leading to a healthier life. Sponsored by Pow! and TEDx UD. Call 831-3457 for information.