This week Ardo and I got together to share some young adult novels that tackle sexual assault in a variety of ways. I feel like we just got started and now the week is over!
We discussed date rape is my post about Canary by Rachele Alpine and Ardo’s post on Courtney Summer’s Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are. And we looked at Where the Stars Still Shine and Perks of Being a Wallflower - which feature characters who were sexually abused as children. Sexual assault is a huge issue and it takes a lot of forms. These posts barely scratched the surface but we hope they got you thinking about some of the causes and triggers of sexual assault, as well as how it affects victims in the long run.
We only had the chance to talk about five different books this week but there are more out there. As Ardo mentioned is her introduction post on Monday this whole thing was inspired by one Tumblr – Sexual Violence in YA Lit. Be sure to head over there for even more recommendations.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted and need help, or just someone to talk to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) runs the National Sexual Abuse Helpline. Call 1.800.656.HOPE and you will be directed to counsellor at your nearest RAINN member centre. Every call remains confidential unless YOU choose otherwise.
Since Ardo and I are both Canadian bloggers we wanted to share some Canadian resources as well. Here are some options:
Sexual Assault /Domestic Violence Care Centre
905-525-4573 ℗ / 905-525-4162 (hotline)
Ottawa Rape Crisis Center
613-562-2334 (p) / 613-562-2333 (hotline)
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
(416) 597-1171 (hotline) / www.trccmwar.ca
Montreal Rape Crisis Centre
514-934-0354 (p) / 514-934-4504 (hotline)
If you’re under eighteen you can also contact the Kids Help Phone – which is free, confidential and available 24/7. Their number is
If you’re not in Canada OR the US RAINN has an entire list of International Resources on their website.