Support Funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act

Last year, 124 abused children walked through the door of the SOS Child Advocacy Center.  And, while it is shocking to think of those numbers in our great community, I am so glad that we were there to help them find safety and healing while holding their abuser accountable. It hasn’t always been like that in Emporia.  Prior to the development of the SOS
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Day-Camping for Change

kids doing art at SOS kidzone extreme

In today’s world, it takes a team of people to accomplish something great. Kids in Chase County are getting a chance to explore teamwork while having fun.

During the school year, SOS and Project T.E.E.N. present information about healthy relationships, personal safety, bullying, self-esteem and more to Chase County students in Kindergarten through 12th-grade. For the third continuous summer, they have teamed up to bring the children of Chase County “Kydzone Extreme: Where you work as a team.”
We still need donations for the last two lunches. If you have questions about your child attending “Kydzone” or about donating food for lunches, contact Julia, 620-767-8239 or call the SOS 24-Hour Helpline, 800-825-1295. “Kydzone” has been a huge success and we are already looking forward to next year!
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The Truth About Sexting

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs via mobile phones. Recent data shows that 30% of teenagers engage in sexting. A teenager choosing to take a sexually explicit photograph of themselves and then send it to someone very likely doesn’t understand the seriousness of that choice. Sending a sexually explicit picture of a minor (even themselves) is the distribution of
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CASA Training

SOS CASA of the Flint Hills is pleased to announce the Summer 2013 Pre-Service training class for new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers will begin on July 25th, 2013 and will utilize a blended training curriculum.  This 5 week curriculum includes a once a week in-person  class session, and a once a week online class session at the volunteer’s leisure. CASA volunteers uncover
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Empowering teen bystanders

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From CNN.com

In America, fear is king.

Instant media highlight our worst fears every second with stories of violence and crime. Some fear is more subtle and pervasive: don’t speak up if you see something because you don’t want get into someone else’s ‘business.’

When a teen is killed by a partner, often communities are shocked. They didn’t realize what was going on underneath the surface. Society tries to absolve itself from action by casting the perpetrator as a ‘monster’ or mentally ill. But there is something communities can do besides being afraid. They can stand up when they see symptoms of abuse. Empowered bystanders can help diffuse a situation.

SOS serves teens facing dating violence or sexual assault through Crisis Services. Teens or friends of teens can call our 24 hr hotline 620-342-1870 or 800-825-1295.  Beyond crisis services, SOS provides prevention education in area schools about healthy relationships, dating violence and respect.

People, especially teens, think there’s only one way to respond to a tense situation, either by sticking their necks out or doing nothing at all. There are a lot of options in between,” said Safe Schools Coordinator Lori Hodin, who helped start the program at Lincoln-Sudbury.

Male and female student athletes participated in daylong training sessions using the “MVP playbook,” which employs sports terms to discuss scenarios from the minefield of adolescence. Hodin and four faculty facilitators led discussions on ways bystanders could respond, and how to recognize themselves as potential perpetrators.

Click the slideshow to see what steps the student athletes recommend for real scenarios.

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Spark Your Knowledge

How often do you watch a television show on TV and hear the words, rape, child abuse, or domestic violence.  Chances are you have heard those words fairly frequently.  But do you really know what those words mean?  So often a word can have several definitions.  Today we want to help spark your knowledge on the words we hear so frequently while working at
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SOS Proudly Launches New Site

Contact: Susan E Faler Community Relations Director 620-343-8799 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 July 2013 New SOS Web site features virtual survivors   SOS, Inc., has unveiled a new Web site, www.soskansas.com. Featured on the site are interactive avatars. An avatar is a graphical image that represents a person. The SOS avatars tell our client’s real-life accounts, highlighting their experience with SOS services. The stories
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Flames in the Flint Hills

fire consuming prairie grass -photo by Jessie Voiers, JVoiers Photography

Generations of ranchers and farmers have learned ways to tame the fires of the prairie and now generations of well intentioned citizens and professionals must learn how to tame the fire of violence. SOS, Inc. is committed to improving the lives of those affected by sexual and domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.
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