Vanessa Osage is on a mission to leave this world better than she found it. She is a tell-it-like-it-is east coaster and a visionary west-coaster. In 2017, she won the "Kickass Single Mom" Award for her work in sexuality education and youth rites of passage. A two-time nonprofit founder, Vanessa Osage is a Certified Sexuality Educator, Consultant & Professional Coach at Love & Truth Rising.
She is also President of The Amends Project, with a mission to "mend the loophole" and creator of The Justice CORPS Initiative. Her writing has been featured in Circles on the Mountain, The Confluence Journal, ICF World, Role Reboot & More. She has been a guest on numerous podcasts and live radio. Visit the Heart of the Matter Blog at Love & Truth Rising for writing, spoken word, & interviews.
"Can't Stop the Sunrise: Adventures in Healing, Confronting Corruption & the Journey to Institutional Reform" (Stone & Feather Press, 2020), is her 5-Star Reviewed Social Change Memoir, available in print, ebook, and as an audiobook at Audible (narrated by the author). Her second book, about girls, sex, and parenting, is set for release by Rockridge Press in March 2022.
Can't Stop the Sunrise: Adventures in Healing, Confronting Corruption & the Journey to Institutional Reform
Can’t Stop the Sunrise is the inspiring true story of one person speaking up over decades to reveal the truth that so many have tried to silence.
In 1980s New England, a young tomboy and naturalist grows among the hypocrisies of elitist culture. At 16, she witnesses the ills of corruption at close-range, when officials at Lawrence Academy, a boarding high school in Groton, Massachusetts, tell her they are going to keep a child molester on campus - and remove her to hide their secret.
Feel captivated by this “courageous and magnificent tale” (IndieReader) of her ongoing fight for gender equality and sexual health in a society on the brink of great social change. Enjoy a front seat ride across America and discover the surprising graces of believing in the goodness of humanity.
“When a book comes along that is not only timely, but… makes a reader want to get involved, it’s cause for celebration, even in these troubled times. Vanessa Osage’s Can’t Stop the Sunrise is just such a book”.
— IndieReader Five Star Review
Politics & Current Events
An illumination of activism, love, resilience, truth and repair, Can’t Stop the Sunrise transforms collective outrage into hope for the brighter future that awaits.
Awards and Recognition
- Five Star Review from IndieReader for "Can't Stop the Sunrise" in Politics & Current Events, 2020 Kickass Single Mom Award Winner, 2017