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Vanessa Osage

Author, Speaker

& Social Justice Advocate

Can't Stop the Sunrise

Adventures in Healing, Confronting Corruption

& the Journey to Institutional Reform

Available October 7, 2020!



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Can’t Stop the Sunrise is the inspiring story of one person speaking up over decades to reveal the truth that so many have tried to silence. 


* Immersive Storytelling * Useful Skills for Rebalancing Power * a Roadmap for Personal and Collective Healing

* an Examination of Patriarchy and Privilege & 

a Guide to Transforming Corruption 

Vanessa Osage introduces a warm, wise, fiery and relatable voice to the cultural reckonings of #MeToo, institutional abuse in the Catholic Church, and cover-ups in elite boarding schools. 

What happens when a former student steps off the legal path and insists on honesty? This story illuminates a nation’s value system through its gender roles, sexual health, body politics, news, and education. 

“Why is it okay for the headmaster’s nephew to do what he did and get away with it, while those who commit more minor offenses are immediately expelled?”, asked a student at an All School Assembly at Lawrence Academy of Groton, Massachusetts, in 2014. 

To understand that question and all of its implications, we must look back. Can’t Stop the Sunrise explores the origins of one school, inside one society, while tracing the life of one student who challenged the corruption she saw and decided to do something about it.


Most importantly, to resolve that question, we must look forward. 

Can’t Stop the Sunrise is a much-needed breath of fresh air - a message of hope that points the way to a new solution. 



Riveting. It inspired me to fight harder for everything

I hold sacred.


A handbook for persevering toward justice - no matter the roadblocks.


"This book illustrates the personal and professional journey, the importance of how we get there, and the triumph of not settling for anything less than the right destination."




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 "Like a Mother" and "Joyful Courage" podcasts. Visit the Heart of the Matter Blog for writing & interviews.

Can't Stop the Sunrise is her first book. 


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