• Crystal Stryker

New support group available for Black women who have experienced sexual assault

(Norristown) -- A new virtual support group at Victim Services Center of Montgomery County is focused on helping Black women heal from sexual assault. SOAR stands for Sisters Onward Aspire Restoration. "We are pleased to create a space like this for Black women to heal together," said Lynn Williams, VSC's crisis intervention support specialist, a leader of SOAR. "We know that being a Black woman and the victim of sexual assault can be incredibly difficult. Victims of sexual assault may encounter both the healthcare system and the legal system, and racism in both of those places is well-documented."



SOAR will provide

  • A safe and confidential space for Black women to speak their truth about trauma and sexual assault

  • An opportunity to speak openly about how Black women are perceived by police, doctors, therapists, and the legal system when a crime is committed against them

  • A place of connection, hope, healing and restoration.


SOAR is free and interpreter services are available at no cost. The group begins on April 27, 2022.


To Join


Send an email to Natalie-Tadlock@vscmontcopa.org or call 888.521.0983. SOAR is open to adult women aged 18+.


About VSC


Our mission is to provide advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person and to promote sensitivity and awareness in the community through education. Founded in 1974 as Women Against Rape, we have been supporting survivors and their families for more than 40 years. Victim Services of Montgomery County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Call our free, 24-hour hotline at 1-888-521-0983.