April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and although not all of us are mandated reporters, required by law to report any suspected abuse among our child and teen patrons, the truth is that all of us work with people who are abuse survivors, whether or not we are aware of it. Current statistics report that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be assaulted or molested by the time they reach age 18. It is highly likely that there are abuse survivors in your teen group, whether or not it is obvious and whether or not they are vocal about it.
If a teen does approach you with questions, or if you want to have resources available for those teens who don’t feel comfortable approaching an adult, here are a few things to start off with. This list is by no means exhaustive; there are scores of young adult fiction titles featuring characters who survive abuse; however, this list can be a jumping-off point for you if you wish to create a display or a bookmark or some other resource for your library.
- Anderson, Laurie. Speak. Puffin, 1999.
- Avasthi, Swati. Split. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010.
- Chayil, Eishes. Hush. Walker Publishing, 2010.
- Giles, Gail. Girls Like Us. Candlewick Press, 2014.
- Jackson, Tiffany. Allegedly. Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.
- Keplinger, Kody. Run. Scholastic Press, 2016.
- King, A.S. Reality Boy. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013.
- King, A.S. Still Life with Tornado. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016.
- Kuehn, Stephanie. Charm & Strange. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
- Mattieu, Jennifer. Afterward. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
- Oakes, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Dial/Penguin, 2015.
- Summers, Courtney. All the Rage. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015.
- Bass, Ellen. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Harper Perennial, 1994.
- Clark, Annie. We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. Holt Paperbacks, 2016.
- Feuereisen, Patti. Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse — A Book for Teen Girls, Young Women, and Everyone Who Cares About Them. Seal Press, 2005.
- Lehman, Carolyn. Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2005.
- Nakazawa, Donna. Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal. Atria Books, 2015.
- Stoian, Maria. Take It as a Compliment. Singing Dragon, 2015.