Become a Survivor Advocate

Together we are unlocking voices!

Some survivors choose to use the power of their voice and their personal story to change lives. WOAR’s Survivor-Advocate Program has two parts: Survivor Academy and Keynotes.

Through Survivor Academy and Keynotes, WOAR trains and supports survivors who want to develop their advocacy skills to speak out against sexual violence.

Survivor Academy is a 7-week program where participants attend a weekly class about the fundamentals of advocacy and what it means to become a survivor-advocate. After graduating from Survivor Academy, participants move into a monthly support group called Keynotes where they continue to improve and progress with the knowledge gained from Survivor Academy.

WOAR interviews candidates for Survivor Academy in February and March. Classes begin in April.

If you would like to be a part of Survivor Academy or would like more information, please contact us at with “Survivor Academy” in the subject line.

WOAR’s Survivor-Advocate Program is right for people who:

  • Are 18 or older
  • Are residents of Pennsylvania
  • Are survivors of sexual violence, or have been directly impacted by sexual violence (such as the parent of a survivor)
  • Have completed trauma therapy or otherwise know how to process trauma
  • Are ready and eager to share your story of survival to help create positive change for others

Keynotes is a monthly support group for Survivor Academy graduates where, alongside WOAR staff, survivors continue to develop their skills as advocates, plan their own advocacy projects, prepare for speaking engagements, and support one another on their journey. Keynotes members are invited to share their stories and speak out against sexual violence in settings such as: at press conferences, in newsletters, at meetings with elected officials, in training programs, on social media, and more.

Let your voice soar!