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!

Wed, Nov. 18th, 7:30pm
Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shamere McKenzie
Perkins West Lounge
Shamere McKenzie was a college student trying to find a way to pay for her education when she met the man who forced her into sex slavery. Hear the powerful story of how she was able to get away. Shamere became the Program Assistant for Shared Hope International, an organization whose mission is to prevent, rescue and restore women and children in crisis. And now she is the Chief Executive Officer for the Sun Gate Foundation, an anti-trafficking organization that provides educational opportunities for survivor of human trafficking. Sponsored by the UD RSO International Justice Mission.
Tues, Dec. 1st, 11:30am-1:30pm
World AIDS Day Table
Perkins Student Center
Visit Pow's table in Perkins Student Center for free hot cocoa! Pow will be collecting donations to fight AIDS.
Wed, Dec. 2nd, 7:00pm
Get Up, Stand Up: Be a Courageous Bystander!
Independence East 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 man leading a heavily intoxicated woman into a room at a party and closing 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 attitudes, statements, or behaviors. 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.)
Sat, Dec. 5th, 12:00-3:30pm
World AIDS Day Summit
Delaware Technical Community College, 300 N. Orange Street, Wilmington
The World AIDS Day Summit is sponsored by DTCC, City of Wilmington, AIDS Delaware, Nemours, and Duffy's Hope. For more information, contact Frank Hawkins at 302-652-6776.
Dec. 9th & 10th, 11:30am-1:30pm
Color Me Calm
Carpenter Sports Building
Visit Pow's table each day in the Carpenter Sports Building for free mandala coloring pages to promote healthy stress management. Don't forget to come to our evening event on Friday(see below)!
Fri, Dec. 11th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Color Me Calm
Alumni Lounge, Perkins Student Center
Pow! will provide tea, cookies, coloring books and light music to promote healthy stress management at this hectic time of the semester! Drop in for a soothing study break.