Susan E Faler
Community Relations Director
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 are slightly changed to protect confidential client details.
“Our website is the first victim services site we’ve seen to include a way for visitors to interact with clients virtually,” said Connie Cahoone, SOS executive director. “People relate to and better understand abuse if they hear personal stories. There are many people who have experienced abuse, but don’t realize it because abuse is not always physical. We are here to help people increase their safety and work through the issues abuse may have created.”
Currently there are six avatars on the Web site, including “Bailey” who talks about healthy relationships for teens – tying to SOS’ work to prevent and educate about healthy relationships. Other avatar topics include: a letter from a foster child to his Court Appointed Special Advocate, sexual assault survivor, a family’s experience using the Child Visitation and Exchange Center and a dating violence victim.
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The Web site also includes information about SOS’s four programs: CASA of the Flint Hills, Child Advocacy Center, Child Visitation and Exchange and Crisis Services. The programs focus on support, safety and advocacy and provide support for families in crisis.
Other features include:
- Help pages for victims (or friends/family) of violence
- Shelter wish list
- Events calendar
- Speakers bureau
- E-newsletter sign-up
- Videos and current issues in the field.
“We encourage everyone to use our new Web site,” Cahoone said. “It is a great tool to educate the people in our six counties about what we offer and how they can get involved.”
The SOS mission is to improve the lives of those affected by sexual or domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Counties included in the SOS service area include: Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Osage.