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Incest AWARE

Josephine A. Lauren, the Community Organizer for Incest AWARE, is available for in-person or virtual training on the topics of incest abuse and writing. If you or your organization is interested in receiving consultation services, hosting a training, or facilitation a writing workshop, reach out to Josephine A. Lauren at

Incest AWARE training options.

The Incest Story Training

Learn about the consequences of incest and how to support survivors. Incest abuse remains a taboo topic in our society. This leaves children vulnerable to repeated abuse and survivors isolated in their recovery process. It's time that parents and professionals, communities and cultures, understand the impacts of incest abuse. Together, we can prevent incest, introduce safe methods of intervention, compensate survivors during recovery, and ensure a justice process that ends recidivism.

In this training, you and your team will learn:

  • The causes and consequences of incest abuse.

  • The institutional betrayal that leaves survivors isolated.

  • The intersectional complexities of incest abuse when coupled with racism, sexism, ableism, sizeism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia.

  • Community support models that identify victims and place them in a network of support.

  • An integrated, long-term model of recovery that addresses the neurological, physiological, psychological, relational, economic, and spiritual impacts of incest.

  • Systemic solutions that ensure prevention, intervention, recovery, and justice.

  • Individual answers to support survivors throughout their healing processes.​

Writing To.Gather Workshops

Join other incest survivors to share your stories together. Incest abuse survivors are often isolated in their lives and recovery processes. It's so important that we find community to validate our stories, hold us in the hope of healing, and support us as we share our stories to protect the next generation. Writing can be used as a tool for recovery, for justice, and for activism. Writing together can also create the community support so necessary for healing.

Join Jo. and other survivors for a writing workshop where you can:

  • Share your story in community.

  • Be witnessed, validated, and held in a safe space for healing.

  • Receive constructive craft feedback.

  • Connect with survivors.​

Incest Representation Consultation

Represent the complexity of incest abuse with guidance from survivors. Incest abuse is a horrible reality for so many. It's important that the issue is represented authentically and accurately in publications and productions to help educate others, gather support to end incest, and help survivors.

Work with Jo. to ensure your publication or production:

  • Shares the complexity of incest abuse without sensationalizing or reducing the narrative.

  • Stays survivor-centered while representing both the personal and political sides of the issue.

  • Sets the issue alongside the intersections of other social justice problems like racism, ableism, sexism, sizeism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia.

  • Includes the causes and consequences of incest to inspire social empathy.

Hello, I'm Jo.

Author & Activist

I'm an author, activist, and incest survivor passionate about educating others on how to prevent and represent incest better, as well as support survivors. Currently, I'm also the Community Organizer of Incest AWARE. Please, take a look at my website to review my publications and reach out to me for any of the services above. Thank you!

A therapists helps a family incest survivor.

Learn how to prevent family incest, as well as the causes and consequences of sexual abuse in families.

Heal after family incest

Learn how to heal after family incest and connect to organizations to support you in your journey.

Support a family incest survivor.

Learn how to support a family incest survivor through crisis, intervention, and recovery.

Connect with community to end family incest.

Connect with a community leading a movement seeking to end sexual abuse in families.

Incest AWARE Resources

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