S.O.S. News

SOS Inaugural "Keep Moving Forward" 5K!

Join S.O.S. on Sun 9/21 for our first ever 5K to benefit S.O.S.' work assisting survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence & stalking. There will be t-shirts, refreshments, prizes for Race categories. Register at: Races2Run. Registration begins at Noon, Race at 1pm. Together we can Keep Moving Forward to make our community safer and we can encourage survivors to Keep Moving Forward in their lives!


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: Applications are due by Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:00pm.

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 Tentative 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!

Wed, October 1st, 7:00pm
Wanna Smush?
Brown Residence Hall
Talking about sex can be scary. Find out how your peers ask for sex in this fun, interactive exercise. Learn about verbal and non-verbal indicators your partner may use to indicate consent or non-consent, and learn some sexy new ways to ask! Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
Tues, October 7th, 7:00pm
"Virgins & Sluts" presented by Guest Speaker: Sexologist, Dr. Jill McDevitt
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rms A&B
Via carefully selected video clips and anonymous audience-submitted stories, slut-shaming and virginity pledges will be explored from a feminist perspective, illuminating how America's obsession with the sex lives of women is used as a tool of oppression. From historical uses of the "virgin/whore complex" like the hanging of bloody marital bedsheets in the public square, to modern incidences such as high school purity dances and the Sandra Fluke/birth control/Rush Limbaugh/slut fiasco, this workshop will engage students to explore the role of sexuality as it relates to gender equality and violence. Dr. Jill McDevitt is a nationally recognized speaker, blogger, activist, and sexologist. She has a B.A. in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family, an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality Education, and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. For more information about Dr. Jill McDevitt go to www.thesexologist.org
Thurs, October 9th, Registration opens 5:00pm, Race at 6:00pm
Altitude 5K
Laird Campus

Be the Change - Join us for Altitude's 5K Race. Register at www.races2run.com.
Fri, October 31st, 9:00pm-1:00am
2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Trabant MPRs

Come out for a night of dancing, games, refreshments, costumes, candy, and PRIZES! Stay tuned for details!
Wed, November 5th, 7:00pm
Get Up, Stand Up! Be a Courageous Bystander
Independence West 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 woman passed out drunk in a room at a house party, then a man goes in and closes the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? According to www.safeandrespectful.org, 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 behaviors, statements, or attitudes. 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.).