Suzanne Isaza is a survivor committed to sexual assault prevention. Making the transition from incest survivor to educator has uniquely positioned her to understand the complexity of sexual assault while being an effective writer, presenter, and leader on this issue.
Suzanne has delivered dozens of sexual assault prevention talks since 2014. As a member of a New England-based survivor speakers bureau for two years, she began speaking publicly about her experiences as a survivor of sexual abuse. She soon realized the powerful impact of a survivor's voice on breaking the code of silence around sexual assault and encouraging people to become active in violence prevention and education. Her presentations communicate a compelling and powerful message to college students, professionals, educators, and survivors of abuse.
Suzanne founded the Sexual Assault Advocacy Network (SAAN) in 2019. Its mission is to reduce sexual violence by supporting the people working to achieve that vision. SAAN provides specialized services to seasoned advocates and helps those new to this community to become stronger, well connected, more effective leaders. SAAN does this in three ways: educating survivor-advocates and our allies on the topic of sexual violence; providing networking, leadership-development, and mentoring opportunities for advocates; and engaging in policy and advocacy campaigns that advance us closer to an end to interpersonal violence.
Suzanne authored an online column, writing on a broad range of topics including child sexual abuse and human trafficking.
As a member of RAINN's survivor speakers bureau, she shares her story and activism with local and national news media to further awareness and prevention.
Suzanne has degrees in sociology, women's studies, and accounting.
Contact her at SuzanneIsaza@gmail.com.