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. (resources, statistics, glossary, recommended reading) (Nonfiction.13-adult)