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SOAR, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mental health services for those who are affected by sexual abuse, regardless of their ability to pay for services.

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Did you know that one out of every four adults has been a victim of sexual abuse at least once in their lifetime?


Maybe you’re not that one, but someone you know is.


Like Katie, for many of those victims it first happened well before their 12th birthdayAnd it will take years before they tell anyone about it.

No one should suffer like Katie did.  But without professional help, many victims of sexual abuse experience the same things she did to cover the pain – major depression, substance addictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, even suicide.

There might not  be a lot you can do to prevent these horrible crimes from happening, but you can make an impact in helping victims of sexual abuse become Survivors and recover from their trauma.

How can you help?

Make a gift to Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR), the region’s only organization that exclusively provides state-of-the-art psychotherapy to help child, teen, and adult victims of sexual abuse recover from their trauma, regardless of their ability to pay.

Why does your gift make a difference?

Over 70% of the 2,000 victims and their families SOAR annually serves require either partial or complete subsidies from usAnd now that having health insurance is the law, many of our clients have had to take on huge deductibles to be able to afford monthly premiums.  Because getting people into treatment as soon as possible is vitally important, I’m sure you agree that no one who desperately needs us should ever be turned away because of a lack of money.

Faced with economic challenges of our own – slashed government funding, decreased corporate support, and incredible competition for grant funds – SOAR needs to rely on the generosity of donors like you to make sure we have the resources to help victims no matter what their personal financial situation is.  That’s our mission and commitment to you that your gift will make a difference.

Here’s an update on Katie -  

I’m married now to a wonderful, gentle man and know that it would never have happened without the work done finding my true voice, and myself through SOAR’s programs.

Sexual abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.   

Thankfully, Katie’s dark shadow is fading away.  Do you want to help others fade their shadows, too?  Together, let’s make it happen.


Valerie Marek, LCSW, CADC

Executive Director


PS:  I know how busy you are, especially this time of year, but please don’t put this letter aside.  Make your gift today.  It’s urgently needed.  Thank you for taking the time to care.



That’s me when I was 6 years old and right after something horrible happened to me.  I was sexually assaulted by someone I thought I could trust.  When he said he would kill me if I told anyone about it, I believed him.  My childhood innocence was snatched away in an instant.  The shame, guilt and fear I felt from that day forward would keep me from telling anyone about it for over 20 years.

After suffering major depression and life-threatening substance abuse that landed me in the hospital several years ago, it became very clear that what happened that awful day so many years ago was ruining my life. And if I didn’t get help, and get it soon, maybe the next time I attempted suicide I would succeed.

By what can only be called an act of grace, I was referred to SOAR – Survivors of Abuse in Recovery.  The kindness and compassion they showed me during my intake interview made me realize I was finally in a safe place and that I could now embark on a journey that would change my life.

“You were abused, you were hurt and it wasn’t your fault”, they told me.  Although it took a while for this to sink in, I learned to be compassionate for the young girl inside me who felt so alone and scared and began to let go of the feeling that I was permanently damaged for life. 

What lightness, what freedom, what a gift SOAR gave me.         


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