You’ve seen it over and over, and by now you’re probably tired of me talking about sexual assault awareness, but I’m stopping at nowhere.
Sexual assault knows no gender, age, race, disability, or socioeconomic boundaries. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Since I had the capacity to speak out, I never stopped standing up for victims and survivors. I thought it was my duty as a decent person to never joke about rape, listen to the victims’ voices, never slut-shame, and do everything to end rape culture.
The world is a scary place. But if we all try to voice out and work together, it will stop altogether.
If I can dream, why not dream bigger?
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and this year, the campaign is focused on healthy sexuality and young people. This is why for the whole month of April, I dedicated my blog to sexual assault awareness.
Here’s a SAAM Wrap-Up.
- Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott – 5/5 Stars
Often described as disturbing, the story focuses on 15-year-old ‘Alice’ who was kidnapped when she was 10, and was sexually and physically abused since then.
It’s a very short book but one that delivered its purpose. It served as a way of understanding victims who went through so much pain that they no longer know what affection is like. Bad memories make people do what they do not intend to do. a very heavy read indeed. Subtle, yet extremely heartbreaking.
- Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens – 5/5 stars
After an event that ruined Alexi’s life almost completely, she found company in “kool-aid kid” Bodee who happened to have secrets of his own.
I’d love to say more on that but I don’t think it’ll give the book justice. Faking Normal is very different from the usual YA books I read, it makes you (well, me) yearn for something. It has already become one of my favourite books ever. Although triggering (self-harm and rape), Faking Normal lets you inside the mind of a victim. The author also handled a very serious issue like a pro!
- What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton – 4/5 stars
What happens after being wooed by a total stranger? What happens after him telling you you’re beautiful and you, a 16 year old who has never been told the same, believed? What happens after you wake up not remembering anything, but one thing?
What Happens Next was heartbreaking in a way that everything else has been taken away from Sid since the night it happened. The ending made me want more!
Also, I came along this very short yet disturbing documentary:
Child of Rage (1992) – a television movie introduced a 6 year-old called Beth Thomas, a girl suffering from severe behavioral problems due to being sexually abused as a child. (Source: moviepilot)
Seriously, you have to watch this! It’s only 27 minutes long–that makes it slightly longer than an episode of Friends. It’s worth watching, trust me on this. It will make you feel all sorts of feelings!
Thank you so much for reading through, especially if you’ve been with me supporting sexual assault victims. Together, we’ll fight and someday our voices will be heard.
They’ll look at you, at us, and wonder, “how did they survive?”
“Oh, I don’t know. I guess maybe because I’m strong.”
If you need anyone to talk to, or need someone who might understand, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.