About Us

Survivors of Abuse Recovering (S.O.A.R.) is a non-profit charitable organization committed to providing peer counseling and support groups to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and to educate the public around survivor issues.

S.O.A.R. started upon the completion of the first Peer Counseling training program in December, 1993. S.O.A.R. evolved from the vision of two Mental Health therapists, Rita vanVulpen and Deirdre O’Sullivan after they identified a clear need for peer counseling services to complement the existing services for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

They trained, inspired and supported a small group of female survivors to form S.O.A.R. There is a current membership of 15-20 female and male volunteer Peer Counselors. Services are currently available in Hants, Kings and Annapolis Counties. S.O.A.R.’s mandate covers the whole province and new chapters will start up as interest evolves.

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A brief history of S.O.A.R.