S.O.S. News

Fall 2015 Recovery Yoga!

We are pleased to offer "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. The first class will be outside on the Central Green on Sept. 17, 2015 at 7:00pm. Thereafter, classes will be held on Thursday nights at 7pm in 160 Carpenter Sports Building. Sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community, Sexual Offense Support, and Student Wellness & Health Promotion.

Application Process for S.O.S.

If you are interested in applying to become a victim advocate with S.O.S., please read this page completely and then click on the "Online Application Form" button at the bottom to complete the application form. You must click on the "Submit" button in order for your completed application to be submitted. Note: if you complete the online form when we are not in an active application process, we will hold your application over until the next application process begins.

The volunteer members of S.O.S. welcome anyone interested in becoming a victim advocate. We are seeking women and men interested in providing support for survivors of sexual assault and their family and friends, as well as providing education for the community. Applicants do not need to have studied rape or sexual offense. We provide training. We are looking for people who can listen to and understand the wide range of feelings that accompany this very traumatic issue, and convey that understanding back to others.

Participation in S.O.S. includes being "on-call" to assist survivors via our 24-hour crisis service. We also want your help in presenting programs or leading discussion groups in the residence halls, classrooms and Newark community to dispel myths, misunderstandings, and mis-communications which surround the issues of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Our application period is now OPEN!

DEADLINE: Our recruitment period occurs every Fall semester. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 23, 2015.

Please complete our online application. If you have technical difficulty with the online process, you can request a hard copy at Student Wellness & Health Promotion, 231 South College Avenue, (the white house next to Morris Library).

Interviews will be held in the evenings in early November and notifications made by end of November.

The interviewing process consists of up to two interviews with S.O.S. members; applicants will be interviewed by current S.O.S. members and may be asked back for a second interview. For ease in scheduling, the form asks applicants to list the names of any current S.O.S. members whom they know. Our goal is to arrange interviews with people whom applicants do not yet know. Please allow one full hour for the interview, though the entire hour may not be needed. Interviews provide a casual opportunity for us to begin to get to know the applicants and for applicants to ask any questions they may have about S.O.S.

Training is critical and thus, if an applicant cannot commit to all training sessions, she or he cannot be accepted as an S.O.S. member.

Each applicant must be able to attend all training sessions in order to be considered. In the event of inclement weather for these weekends, we will postpone if necessary. Training is extensive and serves to: develop the group as a trusting team; cover the critical information you need to be an effective victim advocate; provide you with the practice necessary to prepare you for beeper duty; and prepare you to be able to conduct educational sexual assault programs. Training is mandatory for new volunteers, which means that your attendance is required at all of the following training sessions. Details regarding meals, housing, and training locations will be provided to you prior to the first training session.

Winter 2016 Training Dates:

Fri, Jan. 8, 2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat, Jan. 9, 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jan. 10, 2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fri, Jan. 15, 2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat, Jan. 16, 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jan. 17, 2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Note to Seniors: It is S.O.S.' policy not to accept graduating seniors UNLESS you know you will remain in this area after graduation for at least one more semester. Often it takes until mid-way through Spring semester for newly trained volunteers to start taking the beeper. Therefore, it is not a good investment of our time and resources to train new people who cannot then serve the organization for at least 2 semesters. It is also a poor investment of your time and energy if you are unable to get a fair amount of experience after training. If you have additional questions about this policy, please call me to discuss.

If you have read all of the above information about the application process, you may now complete the
Online Application Form.

If you prefer not to complete the application online, you can print & complete a hard copy version, and submit to Student Wellness & Health Promotion at the address above by the deadline. We thank you for your interest in S.O.S.! If you have any questions about the application process or training, feel free to contact S.O.S. via email at studentwellness@udel.edu, by calling Angela Seguin at 302-831-3457, or by stopping by Student Wellness & Health Promotion at 231 South College Avenue.

Upcoming Events!

Thurs, Oct. 1st, 7:00pm
Recovery Yoga
Rm 160, Carpenter Sports Bldg.
We are pleased to offer "Recovery Yoga" for anyone engaged in a healing process. All are welcome & 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. Classes will be taught by trained instructors from Transformation Yoga. Sponsored by the Collegiate Recovery Community, Sexual Offense Support, and Student Wellness & Health Promotion.
Sun, Oct. 4th
Bus trip to Rally in DC
Bus will take the group from Newark to Washington, DC
The time has come to UNITE to Face Addiction and stand up for recovery. On October 4, 2015 a transformative event will take place in Washington, DC that will ignite and build a movement to address one of the most pressing health issues of our time. Please join the University of Delaware's Collegiate Recovery Community for a bus trip to this rally. Contact Jess at Jestok@udel.edu for more information.
Tues, Oct. 6th, 7:00pm
Wanna Smush? - How do you ask for sex?
Caesar Rodney Residence Hall Lounge
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.)
Sat, Oct. 10th
2nd Annual S.O.S. 5K: Glow for Hope Walk/Run
The Green - starts at Library Steps
Whether you are an avid racer, are looking for opportunities to exercise, or are passionate about ending sexual assault, intimate partner violence & stalking on campus, we hope you will join S.O.S. for our 2nd Annual 5K event! Registration is $20 in advance until 10/5, $25 to register at the event. T-shirts, & refreshments for all participants. Proceeds wil benefit S.O.S. REGISTER at active.com! Questions? Call Student Wellness 831-3457.
Thurs, Oct. 15th, 6:00pm
Film: The Mask You Live In
Trabant MPRs
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Discussion with the members of UD's Men's Action Network will follow the screening.
Thurs, Nov. 5th, 7:00pm
Where do you stand? - Human Continuum
Redding Residence Hall Lounge
You will not sit during this program! It is designed to 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. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.)