Sahar Abdulaziz, originally from New York, moved to the Poconos in 1993 with her growing family. In 1988 she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of New Rochelle. In 1995, she received a Certificate in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Counseling and shortly after, in 1996 as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate. In 1997 she received a certificate from PCADV and volunteered for many years as a hotline worker and counselor/advocate. In 2003, she co-facilitated a domestic violence/sexual assault group, Un Lugar Seguro. There she provided direct client contact, and counseled within individual and group settings with victims culturally or geographically isolated. In 2003, she returned to college earning a Master’s of Science degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and Administration, as well as a certification in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion. As an Outreach and Community speaker her speaking engagements have included: East Stroudsburg University, Women’s Resources, The Kiwanis Luncheon, Peacemakers at Kirkridge Fellowship Reconciliation, The Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of the Poconos, Radiant Hands in Tampa Florida, SUNY Empire College in Manhattan, and most recently, co-hosting for Sistah Chat Radio, WESS 90.3 FM and Gynesis Radio.
Among her many interests, Sahar is the author of five books, –But You LOOK Just Fine, As One Door Closes, The Broken Half, Secrets That Find Us, and her children’s book, The Dino Flu. Abdulaziz covers a wide-range of hard-hitting topics using her writing, and voice to advocate for the underrepresented, the disenfranchised and maligned. Her multidimensional characters have been described as having “substance and soul”, while demonstrating that those who have suffered abuse are not victims, but survivors. She and her husband presently reside in Pocono Township, –the proud parents of six grown children and the mega-proud grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren.