If you have a title to add, please let me know in the comments! A teen girl struggles with her father, who raped her, returning from prison. A teen boy reflects on his abuse and sexual relationship with a teacher five years earlier. A girl is abducted at the age of 9 and sexually and physically abused for 5 years. Flashbacks reveal he wasn’t the perfect guy everyone thought he was—he was emotionally and physically abusive.(still a work in progress as of 2/14/16) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobksy Goodreads | Amazon | My review 1999. (Note: Although I haven’t read it, from my understanding this one is pretty graphic, and though it is considered YA, we shelve it in adult fiction at my library, which is a decision made before I started selecting for YA). Live Through This by Mindi Scott Goodreads | Amazon 2012.Whether you’re an educator or a librarian or teen advocate in some capacity (which includes writers for teens, readers who appreciate YA fiction, bloggers, and so forth), being ignorant of what teens experience or are familiar with because of their peers’ experiences can be more harmful than helpful.I plan to keep this up to date and add more resources and commentary. (This has come up on sexual assault/rape/dv lists before, but I haven’t read it, and reviews/synopsis didn’t indicate why it would appear. by Jennifer Shaw Wolf Goodreads | Amazon | My review 2012. A girl’s boyfriend is killed in a car accident, and she loses her memory of the incidents.These numbers were reported in a survey separate from the one above, so considered separately and considered together, those numbers are frightening.Starting a conversation about this topic can be difficult, but I think it’s one that’s important to keep aware of and know the statistics about because it should be informative in working with teens.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which is an opportunity for libraries to highlight resources that can help teens identify the warning signs of problematic relationships and to see what healthy relationships can look like.short story collection by Sharon Flake Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson Stay by Deb Caletti Make a display!! Did you know that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month?Melinda, a freshman in high school, is a social outcast because of an incident that happened over the summer, and she doesn’t speak to anyone.Though fifteen years old, the story doesn’t at all feel dated, and many teens can relate to Melinda’s struggles with fitting in and finding her voice.by Elize Moser Goodreads | Amazon | My review 2013.Both young women in this novel have witnessed violence against women and experience violence themselves.Childhood sexual abuse, dating violence, and rape are all plot points in this touching novel. The story of a popular high school athlete who ends up raping a girl he claims to love. A young woman struggles with years of sexual abuse by a family member. A privileged girl befriends a troubled boy who is caring for his younger sister on his own. His journey of redemption is quite interesting, and the entire series deals with issues of consent in important yet understated ways. Young woman’s boyfriend becomes increasingly controlling, jealous, and abusive. A successful young girl dates a troubled boy, and he becomes physically and emotionally abusive.Isn't it appropros that Valentine's Day and Teen Dating Violence Awareness fall on the same month? I don't know how long teen violence awareness month has been around, but hopefully, with the passing of time, the resources online with get larger and larger.As I was writing this post, I decided to do a little background research on some stats and went (where else? I was able to find some information about teen dating violence from our counselors at school. *As many as one in three teens will experience dating abuse?