At UD, sexual assault prevention programs are now offered year-round, but nationally, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Check out all the UD SAPE events in April, from the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes March, to S.O.S.' new "Changing the Conversation: Story of a Night" program, to SAGE's annual Take Back the Night March & Speak-Out! Come for CAP points, to learn how to help a friend, to advocate for change, to get a free t-shirt, or to Speak Out! And every day, help make UD safer by recognizing dangerous situations, supporting each other, and intervening in a safe way.
- 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.
- If you were physically or sexually assaulted on campus by another University of Delaware student, this is a violation of the University's Code of Conduct and you have the option to hold the person accountable through the Office of Student Conduct. As the victim, you can expect to be asked to speak at a University Hearing. Any other people who may have witnessed any part of the incident may also be asked to speak as witnesses. You are allowed to have one person present with you during the hearing for support. That person may be a trained SOS Advocate, close friend, Resident Assistant, Victim Services Officer, faculty member, or anyone you trust to be there for you.
- In addition to conducting the criminal investigation, if you report the crime to UD Police and the alleged perpetrator is also a UD student, UD Police would likely also represent the University in a student conduct hearing against the perpetrator for charges of violation of UD Code of Conduct.
- 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 the crime for UD Code of Conduct violations, the Incident Report would likely be used in the Student Conduct hearing process.
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, and you wish to bring Code of Conduct violation charges against the perpetrator, contact the Office of Student Conduct directly by calling 302-831-2117.
- Once the Office of Student Conduct receives an Incident Report, a police report, or direct report from you (the victim), then charges may be brought against the alleged perpetrator by the University. As the victim, you can expect to be asked to speak at a University Hearing. Any other people who may have witnessed any part of the incident may also be asked to speak as witnesses. You are allowed to have one person present with you during the hearing for support. That person may be a trained SOS Advocate, close friend, Resident Assistant, Victim Services Officer, faculty member, or anyone you trust to be there for you.
Additional Reporting Information:
- If you are considering filing a report and pressing 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 in time, especially if alcohol or other drugs were a factor.)
- 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 to assist you in your decision-making process. 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 from the UD Campus, you may call Rape Crisis Contact Lifeline at 1-800-262-9800 to talk with an advocate. Services provided by S.O.S. & Contact Lifeline are strictly confidential.
- Victims who file a police report (whether the case is pursued by the Attorney General's Office or not) are eligible to have medical, counseling, lost pay from days off, and a list of other expenses paid for by the Victim's Compensation Assistance Program. The S.O.S. Coordinator has copies of the application forms at Wellspring and can assist with the application process. For assistance, make an appointment with the Coordinator by calling 302-831-3457 during business hours.
- For more information about the state's Victim Advocacy Program as well as the legal process, visit the Delaware Attorney General's Home Page. The Attorney General's website also has a page specifically focussed on Victim's Rights and Victim's Assistance programs in the state of Delaware. 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.
Delaware's Annual Crime Victims' Tribute & Candlelight Vigil
Delaware State University, Multi-Purpose Rooms, MLK Student Center, Dover
Speaker: UD Alumni and Survivor, Kristen Baumer, was abducted as a freshman at UD. She will speak about her experience. She is part of the RAPE Outreach Team and has shared her story on The Biography Network's "I Survived" and the I.D. Network's "House of Horrors: Kidnapped." Kristen hopes that she can make a difference in others' lives by sharing her story. Those affected by crime are invited to bring writings, artwork or other meaningful items to be posted on the Memorial Walls which will be on display at the event. See the flyer. Sponsored by Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force. Calll 1-800-Victim1 if you need accommodations or information. See the flyer. Free and open to the public.
Art Party with Opt4
Central Green in front of Gore
Come out for Tie-dyeing, decorating Opt4 shirts, finger paint, puffy paint, glitter glue, bubbles, and mocktails. Sponsored by Opt4.
QUIZZO: Fundraiser for Natasha's Justice Project
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms
SAGE is hosting Quizzo to raise money for Natasha’s Justice Project. The organization was created by Natasha Alexenko, a sexual assault survivor, who has made it her life’s work to advocate for the elimination of the rape kit backlog in the United States. Natasha’s story is featured in the HBO Documentary Sex Crimes Unit, which was shown as part of the Women & Gender Studies Department's Film Series in March. Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equity (SAGE).
Changing the Conversation: The Story of a Night
It's time to change the conversation around sexual assault. In this program, you will hear Jane's story and be part of transforming societal responses. Learn how you, and all of us, can make a difference in Jane's life and in the lives of other survivors. Start changing the conversation right now! Presented by S.O.S. and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Speaker & Shoes at Trabant Theater
Be on the lookout for your favorite fraternity brothers, male professors and staff as they don four-inch bright red stiletto heels to march around the north green. This will be a fun opportunity for men to educate and inspire the campus community to take action in the prevention of sexual violence, and learn about resources for victims on campus like Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.). A limited number of men-sized high heel shoes will be provided, so come early to reserve your pair of shoes for this popular march (or feel free to bring your own high heels!). As the saying goes, you cannot truly understand another person's experiences until you have "walked a mile in their shoes." For more information about the national campaign, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org. Sponsored by Inter-Fraternity Council as part of UD's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
This program will 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 S.O.S. for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Powerful Partnerships Conference: 20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act and the Path Ahead
The Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence are co-hosting this conference which will highlight the power of partnerships in working to end gender violence. The conference will create a unique space for survivors, community activists, advocates, researchers, business leaders, and government officials from across the nation to come together to share findings, best practices, and lessons learned and to foster trust, resilient relationships, and innovate strategies for addressing gender-based violence as we look forward to the future. A variety of workshops, roundtables, panel presentations, and poster sessions integrating research and practice will be offered. Learn more & register today!
Take Back the Night March & Speak-Out
120 Smith Hall (for the speaker, where the march begins, and for Speak-Out after the march)
Guest Speaker Andrea Gibson will kick off this year's Take Back the Night March! Women all over the world have been shattering the silence around sexual assault and violence against women at Take Back the Night Marches for over 30 years. Join your fellow students at the University of Delaware as we "take back the night" and speak out against campus rape and violence. All are welcome to participate! Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE). Check back for details. Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.