A powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, and interviews written by a diverse group of adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. This anthology is a valuable resource to help teens upend stigma and create a better future.
Erin Moulton works as teen librarian at the Derry Public Library in New Hampshire where she maintains a collection of awesome YA books and leads teen programming. You can find her online at erinemoulton.com.
An anthology of poems, essays, and letters by adult survivors of childhood and teen sexual violence. Moulton (Keepers of the Labyrinth, 2015, etc.), a librarian working with teens, was inspired to create this volume when she realized the dearth of nonfiction materials for youth on this topic. The visceral and frank accounts by influential activists, authors, and various other professionals of incest, date rape, gang rape, and molestation include the viewpoints of men and women of different races, ages, and sexual orientations. A psychology professor addresses the strong emotional, empathic response many readers will feel when reading about others' pain. Each piece concludes with a brief interview that further explores key issues and a paragraph about where the contributor is now. Many of the writers discuss their recovery process and what the effects of childhood and adolescent trauma look like through an adult lens. Moulton provides myriad resources—both online and telephone hotlines—for those seeking further assistance as well as an indispensable glossary with clear, concise definitions to address the point made by many who assert that they did not have the right vocabulary to define their abuse at the time. Well-researched statistics and a comprehensive guide to recommended reading round out this vital offering. A necessary and powerful resource."—starred, Kirkus Reviews- Journal
"This inclusive, poignant look at a diverse representation of sexual assault survivors tackles an extremely sensitive subject with hope, tools, and resources to not only build a working vernacular for assault victims but to empower teens who have been assaulted. Moulton, a teen librarian, has collected creative nonfiction (poems, letters, essays, etc.) from 25 survivors of sexual abuse and paired each of these works with a brief interview and paragraph on the person's life today. Readers will connect with how different survivors cope and have used the outlets of writing, poetry, dance, and other art forms to express themselves. The book also discusses how children grow up ignorant of consent, and the ways in which our legal system perpetuates the problem or outright fails them, while some adults refuse to believe or even question the trauma survivors about what they might be facing. Importantly, Moulton provides language to those who may be seeking ways to figure out how to talk about or process what was done to them. One of the most important aspects of the books is the glossary, which provides a definition of terms discussed throughout the book. Moulton has does an impressive job pulling together a collection of works to provide empowerment, empathy, and compassion to all who are willing to listen."—starred, Booklist- Journal
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