About SOAR > Founder's
January 18, 1994, Kellie Greene's life changed forever.
Returning from the laundry room in her apartment complex,
Kellie walked into her apartment and an intruder smashed
her on the head with a teakettle. Frantic, she began screaming, "Take
my money! I have money!" as she fought back. After
the struggle, as Kellie lay defenseless on the floor,
the intruder raped her.
Once the initial shock of the attack wore off, Kellie
began to question the purpose of her life. After several
years of soul-searching, she founded Speaking Out About
Rape, Inc. (SOAR) to help her pursue her goal of educating
the world about rape and how it affects the life of a
victim and his or her family and loved ones.
As Director of SOAR, Kellie has had the opportunity to
talk about her rape, but more importantly, about her survival.
She has made an impact on hundreds of thousands of university
students, law enforcement officers and rape survivors.
She has become a victims' rights activist, working tirelessly
to influence policy and raise social awareness concerning
issues of sexual violence.
Kellie has appeared on numerous television shows and news
programs, including Today, The View, Oprah, 20/20, and
60 Minutes, and has been featured in national magazines
such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Fitness in addition
to being the subject of several local and national news
stories. She has been a guest speaker at functions such
as the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights
and the FBI's 10th Annual CODIS Users Conference - Celebrating
a Decade of DNA, as well as at many college and university
campuses across the country.
Her policy work includes co-authoring the Florida Sexual
Predator Prosecution Act of 2000, contributing to the
development of a national protocol on sexual assault forensic
exams for the Office on Violence Against Women, and participating
in a White House Press Conference announcing the President's
Kellie joined actor Noah Wyle as a national spokesperson
for the Pfizer/YWCA Moving Past Trauma PTSD Community
Outreach Program in 2001 to 2003. Kellie and Noah were
featured in broadcast Public Service Announcements and
educational materials that encouraged people to recognize
the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and to see a healthcare professional if they thought
they might be suffering from the condition. They also
appeared at local YWCAs across the country.
Kellie’s numerous achievements include the Avon
Hello Tomorrow Award (2007), Rockport and SELF Magazine
Differences Inside Award (2006); Johnson & Johnson
Remarkable Women Award (2004); Voices Against Violence
Award (2004); recognition by the U.S. Department of Justice
for Dedication to Victims’ Rights (2002 & 2000);
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Citizen Cool (2001 finalist);
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Survivor Activist
Award (2000); Glamour Magazine’s “Women
At Their Best” (1999 regional finalist); Victim
Services Coalition Award for Outstanding Personal Commitment
for Victims’ Rights (1997); and United Way “Success
Story of the Year” (1995).
Kellie is an advisory council member of the National Sexual
Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), and a member of the
board of directors of the Florida Council Against Sexual