I do this for victims everywhere. I am no longer the young and vulnerable girl who could be bullied. I am now a survivor, and nobody can ever take that away from me.
– Virginia Giuffre
SOAR (formerly Victims Refuse Silence) incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2015. But the work truly took shape when founder Virginia Giuffre underwent her own personal transformation from victim to survivor.
Giuffre is perhaps the most prominent survivor of Jeffrey Epstein's crimes, but he was not her first abuser. By the time she met Epstein, when she was 16, Giuffre had already been sexually trafficked by another man. It would take her more than two years to escape Epstein after meeting her now husband, Robert.
Upon becoming a mother, Giuffre resolved to take action, reclaiming her own story so that subsequent generations would not have to endure what she had. Giuffre has relentlessly named and testified against her abusers, engaged with media, and served as an advocate for anti-trafficking measures. Her candor and determination have inspired survivors from across the globe to share their own stories and seek support.
Speak Out, Act, Reclaim (SOAR) officially launched in November of 2021. At this early stage, we are not yet accepting donations.
Building on Giuffre’s work, SOAR provides a safe and empowering space for survivors of sex trafficking to reclaim their stories and stand up for themselves and survivors everywhere.
Through media appearances, speaking engagements, and public education campaigns, SOAR raises awareness and ensures that the voices of survivors are featured in the fight to end sex trafficking.
SOAR tackles the policies and procedures that prevent more survivors from coming forward by partnering with legal teams to provide compelling testimony—from statutes of limitations to how victims are treated in the criminal justice and court systems.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre
Dini von Mueffling
Taking on one of the most notorious sex traffickers in history has been no easy task. Through legal proceedings and media events, Giuffre and other Epstein survivors found their way to each other, providing essential sources of support and continuing to inform and inspire the work of SOAR.
We are deeply grateful to the following organizations for contributing in-kind support to help with the launch of Speak Out, Act, Reclaim.
Speak Out, Act, Reclaim (SOAR) empowers survivors to reclaim their stories and bring an end to sex trafficking.
We believe in our capacity to heal—as individuals and as a community.
We believe in the transformative power of storytelling and that our individual and collective voices can bring about change.
We reject the notion of shame.
We believe that all survivors have the right to be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.
We believe in holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.