An Addendum About Rape

Victoria Sammartino, author of the wonderful poem I included a few posts back, and intrepid leader of Voices Unbroken, took the time to read my post about books for rape survivors and had a really good point about what I had to say that I thought needed its own mini-post.

In my post about books for rape survivors, I say that children who are living in an abusive situation are not going to get out unless a benevolent adult steps in to help them and that this is unlikely. But Victoria pointed out that we need to empower kids as much as possible to reach out for help when they are being hurt. We need to let them know that it is possible to get help even if it’s scary, and that there are adults out there who care.

I think many kids who are being abused don’t know this and/or are too scared to reach out for help, but I think empowering kids to reach out for help to the right people would be half of the battle won. Perhaps we need to write books that show kids doing just that.

If you work with kids, please do what you can to empower them to seek the help they need, and if you are a kid, yourself, and you are in trouble, do get help. Tell a teacher, tell a pastor. In addition, there are hotlines you can call to get help. The number for the National Child Abuse Hotline is in the “links” section of this site. Also, the Wounded Healer Journal has links to many other resources. Help is available. No one deserves to be hurt, and you can get the help you need.

Pam

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One Response to An Addendum About Rape

  1. farrind says:

    Dear Pam-

    In my comment on your post about Self-Harm, I mention the book (written not for a teen, but for those who love teens) Reviving Ophelia. The chapter in there on a young girl who survives a rape is very moving and VERY helpful.
    And it is cool you mention Speak- because, I think that same author wrote Catalyst and it falls in the third category you describe. Remember Terri, the girl no one liked at the high school- who had Mikey, a “little brother”? Eventually (WARNING-spoiler here!) in that story Mikey is revealed to be her son, and therefore she MUST have been raped. So that story is a view into how rape eventually has serious consequences. The main character has her own troubles, but the long term effect on Terri of a rape, years before the book starts, is the kind of thing I think you are asking for in your third category. Again, a more adult book, but the rape in The Kite Runner also is shown to have profound effects many years later! — farrind

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