Dear PoP – Please Donate

by Prince Of Petworth February 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm 17 Comments


“Dear PoP,

Operations Free Fall is a charitable event – the only one of its kind – to increase awareness of sexual violence. The organization describes it as a “Two-Mile High stand against sexual violence”. Thousands of women and men, survivors and supporters will meet at drop zones across the country and skydive to promote the main mission of SOAR (Speaking Out Against Rape). Each skydiver must raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate, with two thirds of that amount going to local community organizations to help victims.

The FBI categorizes rape as the second most violent crime a person can experience, second only to murder. To put it another way, it’s the most violent and traumatic crime any victim lives to remember. Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. It is the most under-reported of all crimes in the United States.

This is a great cause, so please donate to one of the “jumpers” on the site!

On the Operation Freefall page on the top right hand side there are 2 ways to donate; you can click view all fundraising pages and read through some of the individual survivors and supporters stories and pick one that you can identify with. Or you can just click the Donate button to give directly to the SOAR organization.”

  • I’ve worked with SOAR and its president Kellie Greene before, providing free improv comedy workshops to survivors of sexual assault (the healing power of laughter at work). They do fantastic work for victims of sexual assault all across the country. It’s definitely an organization worthy of your donation, so I hope PoP readers will consider helping out.

  • Jean P.

    With respect, I have a couple friends in Haiti and people there are in very serious trouble. While offering improv classes to victims of sexual assault and paying for the expensive hobby? of skydiving might be profound and healing, people are dying because they don’t have clean water.

    Unfortunately there’s a finite amount of money to go around for charitable causes. I’d urge anyone who’s considering giving anything for “the healing power of laughter” to reconsider this year, purchase some rice and water for those among us who need it to live, and consider volunteering time at these improv classes rather than giving money.

    I don’t mean to cause controversy, but as someone from the outside looking in, this seems quite bizarre to me at this particular time.

    • MnomeNa

      The money isn’t all going towards the skydiving fee–two thirds of it goes to local community organizations that help survivors.

      I think it is a great way to raise awareness about this serious topic.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      All due respect it’s possible to have multiple good causes.

      • saf

        Indeed – there are so many good causes that it’s really great that there are a variety of people to support the variety of causes out there.

        And each one is important to those that it affects. Believe me, rape is NOT easy to recover from, and prevention and healing are important work.

    • ashley

      Why don’t you think outside the box for a second and realize that Haiti isn’t the only cause worth supporting. Maybe you should develop some brain power and realize people can donate to multiple organizations. But seeing as your are so small minded, you probably didn’t even consider that. Just because the tragedy in Haiti happened, doesn’t mean that there still aren’t other atrocities going on around us that don’t also demand attention. Why even waste your time and make such an insensitive comment? There was NO respect in that comment AT ALL.

      • Divine

        Pot, meet kettle.

        • ashley

          Actually, that makes no sense because clearly I am saying do not turn a blind eye to other causes just because we are all also donating to Haiti. I think that old phrase, if you don’t have anything nice to say, than don’t say anything at all applies here.

          • djdc

            And calling someone “small minded” is nice?

    • Shawn

      With respect, I know a couple of people who have been victims of sexual assault–my sister being one of them–which is why I choose to volunteer my time and abilities at SOAR. Yet, you’ll notice that my missive–unlike yours– was free of exclusivity in the sense that did I never insisted people donate at SOAR *and nowhere else*. You’re suggesting that all charitable activity should cease in light of what is clearly a catastrophe in Haiti, and yet if anything sounds bizarre and ineffective, this notion of “unilateral charity” certainly does. Can we agree that volunteering either money or time to multiple charities doesn’t constitute a conflict of interest on *anyone’s* part, specifically those receiving it?

  • mappo

    Holy Photoshop disaster. Look at that girl’s arm!

    • Ragged Dog

      Curved camera I’ll bet….

      I wonder with the economy if the days of cancer walks and aids rides and sexual violence sky dives are over. Whether we’re back to razor thin overhead with no frills donations….

  • Victoria

    I’m sorry – anti sexual violence is a good and worthy cause and I totally believe in multiple charitable giving etc.- but I simply cannot read this, or even think about “skydiving to raise awareness about sexual violence” without snickering and feeling oddly embarrassed.

  • L

    I’m kinda with Jean that while there are multiple worthy causes, some ways of alleviating suffering are more cost-effective than others. According to MnomeNa, this particular event has at least 33% overhead, which is pretty high. Why don’t the skydivers pay their own way?

  • I am amazed that the woman is not wearing a helmet!

  • Drew

    I’m getting tired of the fundraisers that are basically “I’m going to do something that I want to do anyway, and you should give me money.”

    I’m going to start playing World of Warcraft this weekend, actually as soon as the snow falls, and you can send me money for….Cancer research. Donate now.

  • Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile HIgh Stand Against Sexual Assault was originally created as an alternative to candle light vigils for victims of sexual violence. It is a way for them to realize the courage they possess within themselves to fully heal from the trauma of rape. We added the fundraising component for one major reason…awareness. Each time a person asks someone to support them by making a pledge they are raising awareness of a very important issue…sexual violence. In the past nine years the event has raised over $1 million for rape crisis programs across the country.

    In closing, there are many worth while organization across the world that need support. Find the one that resonates within you and support that Cause. No one Cause is greater or lesser than another.

    Blue Skies!


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