SOAR runs national awareness and education programs to empower survivors of sexual violence and transform the public’s understanding and acceptance of rape victims.
We accomplish this through unique, fun, and innovative programs focused on embracing the healing journey, removing labels, and creating a safe space to talk about rape. SOAR has five signature programs:
SOAR SPA (Something Positive Afterward) is a retreat for survivors and their families that enhances the healing process by rejuvenating the spirit and fostering supportive relationships. During the retreats survivors and their support persons are able to explore different healing modalities and connect with other survivors and supporters.
TEAM SOAR is a group of courageous and inspiring women who travel the country sharing their personal experience of sexual violence with service providers, university students, and communities across the United States. Their stories of hope encourage fellow survivors to start or continue their own healing journey. The strength they portray reminds service providers how important their work is in ensuring victims have all the resources necessary to heal and recover.
Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault is the boldest, highest-altitude, most daring event organized to put an end to sexual violence. On the last Saturday of each April, which is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, at dozens of drop zones across the United States men and women of all ages take to the sky....and jump from perfectly good airplanes, many for the first-time ever!
Living Out Loud is a workshop bringing joy and lightheartedness into survivor’s lives through the healing powers of improv comedy.
Don't Skirt the Issue is a "do it yourself" clothing line that encourages college and university students to speak up and talk about sexual violence.
The funds raised through this Challenge will be used to expand the TEAM SOAR and SOAR SPA programs. We would like to be able to offer free or deeply discounted TEAM SOAR presentations to colleges and universities across the United States on topics related to sexual violence such as supporting a friend or loved one who has been victimized, the impact of sexual violence on communities, and messages of hope to survivors that healing is possible.
We would like to be able to offer scholarships to survivors who would like to attend SOAR SPA, but are not able to due to limited resources. In addition to covering the registration fee and travel costs we'd also like to be able to reimburse survivors who must take time off from work to attend, but are not paid vacation days by their employer.
Thank you in advance for your genoristy and support. Together we can make a difference!