Incest AWARE Events, Enews, & Recordings

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Embracing Pleasure: Reclaiming Our Bodies After Child Sexual Abuse

Monday, November 22 at 7pm ET/4pm PT on Zoom

In this talk, we explore the relationship between incest and child sexual abuse and attitudes about sex and sexuality, ability to experience sexual pleasure, and partner intimacy. These elements are often made complicated by our damaging sexual abuse experiences, but with healing and continuous work can be regained and celebrated. Ignacio G Rivera and Aredvi Azad from The HEAL Project share with Incest AWARE their perspectives on the interplay between past trauma and sexuality and their organization’s work to cultivate sex positivity and survivor sexual healing.

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized people. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their is the Founder and Executive Director at The HEAL Project. Aredvi Azad is a certified sex and relationship coach, and an educator, writer, and speaker who has been producing educational media on gender and sexuality, kink and BDSM, and intersectional approaches to relationship building for the past decade. An Irani-American immigrant, Aredvi is a Co-Executive Director at The HEAL Project. 

About The HEAL Project: The HEAL Project, is a BOPIC-led, Trans/Nonbinary-led, and Survivor-led educational initiative using media to prevent and end Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) through healing the wounds of sexual oppression and embracing sexual liberation. They seek a fundamental change in CSA prevention through creative solutions for harm prevention and reduction that empower communities, families, and children themselves.

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Navigating Family Relationships After Incest Abuse

Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm ET/4pm PT on Zoom

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This talk will explore how navigating family relationships after incest abuse is a deeply difficult and personalized journey. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Laura Davis, the author of six groundbreaking books including, The Courage to Heal: For Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, understands this all too well. She chose to reconcile with her family, while also interviewing countless other survivors on different ways to relate to family after incest abuse. In this interview, Laura and Incest AWARE founder, Suzanne Izasa, discuss family relationships, boundaries, and reconciliation after incest as explored in Laura's new memoir due to publish in October called, The Burning Light of Two-Stars: A Mother-Daughter Journey.

Laura Davis is the author of seven groundbreaking books, including The Courage to Heal. In addition to writing books that inspire, the work of Laura’s heart is to teach: helping people tell their stories and hone their craft. Laura loves creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally. You can read the first five chapters of her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars at

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The Trauma-Body Connection: The Physical Effects of Psychological Trauma

Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm ET/4pm PT on Zoom

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In this talk, Pat Ogden, psychotherapist and renowned leader in studying and treating trauma, will explore with Incest AWARE how child sexual abuse and other forms of trauma can impact us physically and lead to chronic pain later in life, as well as strategies for working through the body to resolve past trauma. This discussion is geared towards practitioners working with trauma survivors, incest survivors coping with pain and other physical impacts, and those looking to gain a better understanding of the link between the body and psychological issues.

Pat Ogden, PhD, (she/her), is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute ( You can learn more about Pat at

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Incest AWARE OutSPOKEN Discussion Series:  Brad Watts

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In this session, Incest AWARE spoke with therapist and sibling sexual abuse expert Brad Watts.

The author of "Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Confronting America's Silent Epidemic" and a therapist providing treatment to youth who sexually assault, Brad provided his perspectives on one of the most hidden and misunderstood forms of incest.

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Incest AWARE OutSPOKEN Discussion Series: Feather Berkower

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In this session designed for survivor-speakers, providers, and violence prevention educators, prevention expert Feather Berkower shared the basics of teaching incest prevention and her advice for integrating simple yet crucial prevention concepts into our talks and trainings. As a longtime educator in the field, Feather gave tips on how survivor-advocates and trainers can - and should - begin to incorporate content into their public education efforts.

Feather Berkower has been a leader in child sexual abuse prevention since 1985 and has educated nearly 150,000 schoolchildren, parents and youth professionals. Her well-regarded workshop, Parenting Safe Children, empowers adults to keep children safe from sexual assault.

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Incest AWARE OutSPOKEN Discussion Series June 16: Pennie Saum

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Pennie survived over 18 years of incest at the hands of her military officer father.  After many years of trying, Pennie was able to unleash her voice and break the silence of the abuse. Pennie will share her story of trauma, recovery and triumph culminating in federal legislative changes, development of a non-profit and a TED Talk. Pennie will share tips and strategies she has learned for gaining the confidence and skills to become an effective advocate.

Pennie Saum is an author, speaker, advocate, law changer, and voice seeker who has dedicated her life to help victims unleash their voice and move through trauma and grief.