About us

Survivors of Abuse Recovering (S.O.A.R.) is a non-profit charitable organization committed to providing one-on-one peer support 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 Support 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 support 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 Supporters. Services are currently available in Nova Scotia.

[Note: S.O.A.R. recently defined its services as Peer Support instead of Peer Counseling to avoid confusion with professional services.]

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

S.O.A.R. Committees

S.O.A.R. By-Laws Revised 2022