SOS has multiple educational events each year to help raise awareness of issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect. We also host annual fundraising events to help support our mission.
Take Back The Night:
Our first virtual Take Back The Night event will be on April 21, 2021 at 7 pm! This is a free event and open to the public by visiting: emporia.edu/live. The first Take Back The Night was held in England in 1877, and the US joined the movement in 1978 in San Francisco. These marches started as a protest against the violence women are subjected to on a nightly basis and have evolved into a night of sharing, healing, and empowerment. Please join us as we share stories of perseverance over personal experiences, education about resources available, options for healing techniques, and answering questions.
This 3-day exhibit will be free and open to the public April 27th, 2021 from 9 am-7 pm, April 26th from 9 am-7 pm and April 27th from 9 am-5 pm in the ESU Memorial Union, Preston Room. The Apathy Effect exhibit immerses the audience in stories of resilient young survivors of human trafficking and the response of everyday people who were ignited with empathy when confronted by exploitation and the apathy that fuels it. This educational exhibit ignites empathy and empowers participants with a response to issues of exploitation. The multimedia journey is told through original film, photography, and genuine artifacts with either self-guided or small group interactive tours available. To register, visit https://iempathize.org/events/emporia or visit https://iempathize.org/apathy-effect for more information.
Community Awareness & Prevention Training:
This is an opportunity for staff and community members to unite in continued education on topics related to domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect. The more we educate ourselves the better we can support survivors and prevent future cases.
SOS offers the community the opportunity to support a family by providing basic needs and gifts to families that have dealt with crisis. Families or individuals are eligible if they have worked with SOS consistently for the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. SOS generally has between 50-100 people/families for adoption within the six counties SOS serves: Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Osage. If you are interested in adopting a family/individual or wish to donate money for gifts this holiday season please contact us prior to December.
Hope-A-Palooza is an annual fundraising event that includes dinner, drinks and exciting auction items. Save the date for March 25, 2022. More information to come.
Kydzone Extreme is a summer day camp for Chase County students in Kindergarten through 12th-grade.
Mulready’s Pub was the very first SOS Safe Bar! All Safe Bar staff have been educated and trained so they know what to do when they witness alarming behaviors in their establishment. The goal of Safe Bar Alliance is to collaborate with bars to keep their staff and customers safer from predatory behavior, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Find an SOS Safe Bar.
Safe Place is a partnership between SOS and local businesses to provide individuals and families in crisis a safe place to go to call for help. If a business has a Safe Place sign posted, they are there to help you. Find an SOS Safe Place.
SOS Strong is an awareness fundraiser that encourages male leaders in our community to have conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault in order to connect with a larger male audience. These ambassadors pledge to: lead by example, not blame victims, be a positive up-stander, not engage in violence, stand up for someone in need and always use their voice to speak for what is right. Visit our SOS Strong page for more information.
If you would like to request a speaker or a presentation for your school, club, organization or event, please contact us at 620-343-8799 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.