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.
- Call 911 if you are in danger or in need of medical attention.
For sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking that has occurred ON CAMPUS:
- You may report the incident directly to University Police, 911 or 302-831-2222, who would take a report, investigate, and present the case to the Attorney General's Office for possible criminal prosecution by the State of Delaware. If you report to UD Police, the initial report would likely be taken by a patrol officer, and then you would be contacted later for a more in-depth interview with a detective who will conduct the investigation. You may request a female officer; however, based upon staffing and scheduling of women officers, they may not be able to assure you that a woman will respond. The University Police can also put you in touch with a Victim Services Officer to assist you.
- Sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking are violations of the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy and you have the option to report the behavior or file a formal complaint with the University via the Title IX Coordinator at the Office of Equity & Inclusion. You can read all about about the sexual misconduct process including your reporting options, the complaint process, on and off campus resources available to you, your rights, and more. You are allowed to have a support present with you during meetings or interviews throughout this process. That person may be an advocate from Student Wellness & Health Promotion or a trained volunteer SOS Victim Advocate. An advocate can answer your questions about what to expect and help you feel more at ease with the process.
- In the residence hall, your Resident Assistant or Hall Director may complete an Incident Report and/or help you to contact University Police. You may also complete your own Incident Report about the attack. You can opt not to have your name listed on the Incident Report if you choose not to report the crime, but a Residence Life professional staff member would be informed of your identity for purposes of follow up assistance. If you do wish to report to UD for a formal case, the Incident Report would likely be used in the sexual misconduct case.
- All faculty and most staff at the University are required to report known incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, including names of victims and perpetrators if they are known. The Sexual Misconduct site explains who are confidential and non-confidential resources on campus.
For sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking that has occurred OFF CAMPUS:
- If your assault occurred off-campus in Newark and you want to press criminal charges against the perpetrator, you would report it to the Newark Police Department by dialing 911. The University Police have jurisdiction for those crimes committed on University of Delaware property. Police agencies have an obligation to take any crimes presented to them to the Attorney General's office, even if the victim does not wish to pursue a criminal case. Ultimately it is the decision of the AG's office whether or not the case will be dropped or charges will be pressed against the alleged perpetrator.
- Similarly, if your assault occurred elsewhere in New Castle County, dial 911 and they will send an officer from the appropriate jurisdiction to take your report.
- If the assault happened off-campus but both victim and perpetrator are UD students, you still have the right to initiate a Sexual Misconduct case against the perpetrator. You can contact the Title IX Coordinator directly by calling 302-831-8063.
- Once the Title IX Coordinator receives an Incident Report, a Title IX report, or a direct report from a victim, they will reach out to the victim electronically to offer campus resources and options, including a formal case. As the victim, you can expect to be interviewed by a Sexual Misconduct Investigator. Any other people who may have witnessed any part of the incident may also be interviewed as witnesses. As explained above, you are
Additional Reporting Information:
- If you are considering filing a report and pressing criminal charges, it is important that you go to the hospital for a forensic examination so that evidence may be collected to assist in a criminal case. While the desire to shower may be powerful, refrain from showering or disposing of clothing, which likely contain critical forensic evidence to support a criminal case. Take the clothes you wore during the assault to the hospital with you, and you may wish to take along a fresh change of clothing.
- It is also important that you report to police as soon as you are able so that you are able to provide as many details as you can remember while they are fresh in your mind. (It is normal for additional details to come to light after a few days, especially after a trauma. Some details may also surface later if alcohol or other drugs were a factor, although in some cases alcohol or drugs can inhibit memory entirely.)
- An S.O.S. advocate can answer questions you have about this process, provide support and a listening ear, and inform you about all of your options as you prepare for making these important decisions. Call 302-831-2226 and ask to be put in touch with S.O.S. The staff will take a first name and phone number and the Victim Advocate on duty will call you back within 10 minutes. If you prefer an advocate who is not affiliated with UD, in New Castle County you can contact the YWCA's Sexual Assault Response Center at 1-800-773-8570. In Kent & Sussex Counties call ContactLifeline at 1-800-262-9800. Services provided by these organizations are strictly confidential.
- Victims who file a police report within 72 hours (whether the case is pursued by the Attorney General's Office or not) are eligible to have financial compensation for medical expenses, counseling expenses, lost wages from work time missed, and some other expenses paid by the Victim's Compensation Assistance Program. The S.O.S. Coordinator can provide the application form and can sign off on the application and assist with the process. Make an appointment with the Coordinator by calling 302-831-3457 during business hours.
- For more information about the state's Victim/Witness Assistance Program as well as the legal process, visit the Delaware Attorney General. The Attorney General's website also includes Delaware's Victim's Bill of Rights. If the crime did not occur in Delaware, you may want to check out your home state's Attorney General's Office for information accurate to your situation. The National Center for Victims of Crime also has good info on Victim's Rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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)!
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.