Incest & Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate
Grant Consultant and DV/SA Writer
Ending incest and sexual violence starts with us.
Through the #MeToo movement, we've been hearing about survivor experiences and how we all can help end sexual harassment and violence in all its forms. A survivor, speaker, grant consultant, trainer, organization founder, and incest awareness expert, my personal mission is to break the code of silence surrounding incest and sexual assault. My focus is preventing violence through awareness, supporting other survivor-advocates in their mission, training people from all walks of life about abuse and their role in prevention, and getting the public to talk more about incest. I am also committed to helping nonprofits thrive through grant consultation and other DV/SA nonprofit writing services.
If you are looking to educate your group or need help with DV/SA grant research, preparation, and writing, I want to hear from you.
Founder and Co-Director of Incest AWARE and the IncestAWARE.org first-of-its-kind web resource
Founder and former Director of the Sexual Assault Advocacy Network (SAAN)
Educator on the topic of incest and sexual violence since 2014
Grant writer and consultant
Author and activist
I am a survivor of sexual violence and outspoken advocate for prevention, and a grant consultant for violence prevention organizations. I began this journey in 2014 after joining a survivor speakers bureau and talking publicly about my experience. I began to broaden into presentations and trainings that incorporate practical information about incest and sexual violence, and encourage more people to become active in prevention and advocacy. Through over 75 talks, trainings, podcasts, and media articles, I have communicated a compelling message to college students, members of the military, professionals, educators, and other survivors, to name a few.
I began to realize the need for greater support and infrastructure for my fellow survivor-advocates. In 2019, I founded the Sexual Assault Advocacy Network (SAAN), an organization supporting the people who support and advocate for survivors. SAAN provides cross-training, mentoring, networking, leadership development, and a very active Facebook discussion group of over 1,500 people.
In October 2020, I founded Incest AWARE and launched the IncestAWARE.org web resource. Incest AWARE is an organization devoted to raising awareness of the epidemic of sexual violence in the family system, supporting survivors and their loved ones along their healing journeys, and mentoring incest prevention advocates who have chosen to transform their personal experiences with abuse into positive social change. Incest AWARE has a first-of-its-kind website focused entirely on the topic of incest. The site is designed to do three things: help survivors and their loved ones to heal, raise public awareness of incest as a community problem requiring a community solution, and ensure survivor stories are catalysts for change.
I offer a broad range of virtual and in-person talks, and am a member of Difference Makers LLC, a group of highly experienced public speakers who are passionate, as I am, about ending sexual harassment and sexual violence.
As a grant consultant and nonprofit writer, I help organizations to obtain charitable funding - over $30M since 2000. I assist survivors, advocates, and violence prevention organizations with a range of writing services, including websites, social media, grants, reports, and publications.
I consult with groups on organizational development, grassroots fundraising, and advocacy. I am the author of an online column on sexual violence, writing on topics including child sexual abuse, serial offenders, human trafficking, and consent. I am being featured as one of 50 trauma survivors around the world demonstrative resilience in the face of personal tragedy in Emma Bell's "The 9 Secrets to Thriving." I have degrees in sociology, women's studies, and accounting.
If you would like to book a training or talk, explore consulting options, or learn more about my work, I want to hear from you! Email me at SuzanneIsaza@gmail.com or fill out the form below.
My passion is working with people in any way possible to prevent more individuals from experiencing trauma from abuse. If you'd like to hear more, need help with DV/SA-centered writing, or just want to say hello, write to me! I'd love to hear from you.
Founder, Incest AWARE and
Sexual Assault Advocacy Network