S.O.S. News

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!


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 CLOSED.

DEADLINE: Our recruitment period occurs every Fall semester and applications are typically due around the end of October.

When we are in an application period, you can complete our online application or pick up 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 2015 Training Dates:

Fri, Jan. 16, 2014: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat, Jan. 17, 2014: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Breakfast & Lunch provided)
Sun, Jan. 18, 2014: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Breakfast & Lunch provided)

Fri, Jan. 23, 2014: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat, Jan. 24, 2014: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Breakfast & Lunch provided)
Sun, Jan. 25, 2014: 11:00am - 4:00pm (Lunch provided)

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!

May 4, 5 & 6th, 4:00-8:00pm
Fundraiser for the Collegiate Recovery Community
Launch Trampoline Park
Come out and bounce to support UD's CRC! 25% of all proceeds raised from jump time will be donated by Launch to the CRC! All you have to do in mention the flyer or let them know you are there for the fundraiser for UD. Visit their website at LaunchDE.com
May 6th, 7:00pm
Get Up, Stand Up: Be a Courageous Bystander
100 Kirkbride
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 UD's Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
May 20th, Registration at 5:30pm, Race at 6:30pm
Run for Recovery 5K Run/Walk
Rockford Park, Wilmington, DE
The Collegiate Recovery Community at UD will have at table in support of the Limen House 5k. For more information about the Limen House program or to sign up for the 5k, go to their website at www.limenhouse.org