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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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submitted by Elizabeth Kennedy


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

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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Phantom Ball

Join SOS in our Phantom Ball celebrated from June 20th-July 20th. All you have to do is donate to SOS c/o the Phantom Ball – no tux required. Giving Level At home with Snuggie – miss the ball $25.00 USDMiss the ball and buffet, (dry chicken, cold green beans) $50.00 USDSkip the ball, buffet and boring PowerPoint $100.00 USDIgnore the ball, buffet, speaker and
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Our Success

  Working with survivors of abuse, success means something different for everyone. Sometimes it’s simply being heard – as in the case of children served by our CASA program and Child Advocacy Center.