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Can't Stop the Sunrise: Adventures in Healing, Confronting Corruption & the Journey to Institutional Reform

Can't Stop the Sunrise: Adventures in Healing, Confronting Corruption & the Journey to Institutional Reform

by Vanessa Osage


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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.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735608204
Publisher: Stone & Feather Press
Publication date: 10/07/2020
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Vanessa Osage is on a mission to leave this world better than she found it. She is a Certified Sexuality Educator, Consultant & Professional Coach. A two-time Nonprofit Founder, Vanessa Osage is President of The Amends Project, with a mission to "mend the loophole", and creator of The Justice CORPS Initiative. In 2017, she won the Kickass Single Mom Award for her work in sexuality education and youth rites of passage. Her essays have been featured in Circles on the Mountain, The Confluence Journal, Role Reboot & more. Can't Stop the Sunrise is her first book. Connect at, @vanessaosage

Table of Contents



Character Reference


Flying Toward a New Dawn


The Stories We Tell ~ In the Beginning

On Education

Dethroning ~ the Seat of Authority

Major Blessing ~ Friendship

The Door Through Which You Came, The First Door

Nearly Ran Away

Useful Skills ~ Not Caring What People Think

The Door Through Which You Came, The Second Door


On the Road

The Body Speaks, 2001

Ask & You Shall Receive, Part One

Trauma - The Live Wire of Survival

Useful Skills ~ Willing to Piss People Off

Already on My Way

The Speech

Waves of Reckoning

Belonging - A Home in One's Heart

Major Blessing ~ Chosen Coping Strategy

The Body Speaks, 2005



Major Blessing ~ My First Love


On the Whys & Recovery

Useful Skills ~ Watch What People Do

Tactics ~ D Words

Apocalypse ~ The Unveiling

Ask & You Shall Receive, Part Two

Intentions ~ The Amends Project

Integration, East & West

Quick, She's Coming!

Paradigms Collide

Diminishing ~ Stay Appropriate Size

Go On, Tell Me to Be Quiet Again!

The Feature Article

Still They Came ~ Waking Up

We Are With You

Falling & Rising

A Breather for Healing

Diversion ~ Stay Focused

Warriors of Presence

Discrediting & Defamation ~ Be Who You Are

The Double-Talk Shuffle

Destruction & Rebirth

Oversight ~ This is for Everyone

On the Culture of a Place

All Survivors Day


Open House

Balancing That Story

Their Report & Mine

Would Never = Hasn't Yet

Stories We Tell ~ Misleading Public Statements

Intersections ~ Internal Biases, External Consequences

Who Can We Tell?

Justice CORPS Video

On Apology

The Courage to Repair

I Decline Your Offer As It Stands

Parent Letter


White Male Privilege: Q & A

Male Initiation ~ Humanizing

Useful Skills ~ Staying With It

Lucid Dream Road

Major Blessing ~

The Many Gratitudes

Ancient Parable

Taking Action ~ 2020 & Beyond

Choose Your Own Ending

Value & Appreciations

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