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SVYALit Project Index

Using Young Adult literature to talk with teens about sexual violence and consent

Project Goals:

  • To discuss sexual violence in the lives of teens and in ya literature on an ongoing basis
  • To raise awareness of the issues and titles that can be used to discuss the topics with teens;
  • To give librarians, educators and parents the tools to evaluate and discuss these topics in the lives of teens; 
  • To promote teen reading and literature

The 2015 Schedule and Books

The #SVYALit Presentation : The issues, the books, and what we can do with this information

Statistics & Essential Information
It is estimated that anywhere between 1 out of 6 to as high as 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 7 to as high as 1 out of 5 boys is the victim of some type of sexual violence by the time they reach age 18.  It is also believed that true statistics are higher than we think because the incidences of abuse are under-reported. (Sources: 1 in 4 ; The CDC ; The Advocacy Center, RAINN)

In the US, someone is raped every 2 minutes. (RAINN)

For every 161 rape cases filed, only 1 is found to be a false accusation.  This is important because it means that more than 99% of rape allegations are true. If someone tells you they are the victim of sexual violence, you should believe them.

17% of the 2.5 million homeless youth leave home due to sexual violence

“A new study has found that many adolescent girls view sexual violence and harassment a normal part of middle school and high school life. The disturbing findings of the “Normalizing Sexual Violence” study, being published in the next issue of the journal Gender & Society, expose “how objectification, sexual harassment and abuse are viewed as everyday experiences for many young women.” – from A Might Girl’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/amightygirl/posts/666158020087181

The Normalizing Sexual Violence study can be found here: http://gas.sagepub.com/content/28/3/337

The #SVYALit Project Resource Guide: outside resources for important information, support and teaching tools 

Talking with a Teen Book Club using #SVYALit Titles (a discussion by Amanda MacGregor)

Some links regarding false reports/accusations – which account for less than 8% of all charges filed

What we can learn about the gift of security and foundation from Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt (by Christa Desir)

Book Reviews and Booklists

Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault

Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)

Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely

Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

September Girls by Bennett Madison

Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien

5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt

Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Some Boys by Patty Blount

Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King (guest post by Bryson McCrone)

Why Norman, OK Matters: at look at what happens when students disclose rape allegations w/book list

A Reflection on Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King (guest post by Bryson McCrone)

Thinking About Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho (with input from Robert Bittner)

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

Book Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

Book Review: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Sex/Consent Positive Titles: Karen’s List Christa’s List Carrie’s List

Discussion Posts 

What It’s Like for a Girl: How Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama made me think about the politics of sexuality in the life of girls

Should there be sex in YA books?

An Anonymous Letter to Those Who Would Ban Eleanor and Park

Who Will Save You? Boundaries, Rescue and the Role of Adults in YA Lit.  A look at consent and respecting boundaries in relationships outside of just sex.

Incest, the last taboo

Loud and Clear: A Reflection on Teaching SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson in the Classroom

Christa Writes: Sexual Violence in YA Lit

Slut Shaming part 1 and part 2 

Silence Hurts Everyone: A further look at Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and a discussion of why adults don’t intervene more on the behalf of children 

Talk About Sex: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Why Talking About the Age of Consent Matters

Canary, Consent and Athlete Adoration 

Honoring the Survivors, a look at The Gospel of Winter

Book Review: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorainne Scheidt

On Unhealthy Relationships in YA Lit by Christa Desir

Slut Shaming Hurts Guys, too by Jennifer Mathieu

Book Review: Live Through This by Mindi Scott 

True Confessions of a Former Slut Shamer

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, a reflection on victim blaming by author Patty Blount

More on How We Fail Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

In Which I am Concerned about the Things John Grisham has Said about Child Pornography 

Sam Pepper, YouTube and Teen Culture

Mirror, Mirror: Discussing the Representation of Sexual Violence Survivors in Stitching Snow, a guest post by author R. C. Lewis

Middle Grade Fiction on Sexual Violence

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

A discussion for First Responders part 1 and part 2

How to get teens involved in a safe by critical discussion about sex, sexual violence and consent

Consent is Sexy, Consent is Required, a discussion of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller

Talking About Those Girls: A Guest Post by Kelly Brocklehurst

Sexual Violence and Male Survivors: a Dialogue between Two Male Survivors Who Are Thriving

Sunday Reflections: How We Talk About the Victims of Sexual Abuse Matters

Sexual Exploitation, 2 YA Titles That Explore Child Pornography and the Life of Teens (Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver and A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet)

The Trouble with Telling, author Kristin Halbrook discusses her new release EVERY LAST PROMISE

She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews author Courtney Summers

Survivor Stories and the Decision to Go Public, a guest post by Christa Desir

Bone Gap and Survivor Stories, a guest post by author Laura Ruby

The Distance Between Lost and Found, part 2: Sex, Power, Politics and The Church

Author Christa Desir discusses the Voices and Faces Project

Author Heather Demetrios discusses sexual choices & boundaries in I’ll Meet You There

Bearing Witness to Violence, a guest post by author Eric Devine

Why Norman, OK Matters – a look at what happens when students come forward with rape allegations

Recap and Video of the first panel discussing Faultline, Sex & Violence and Where the Stars Still Shine

Recap and Video of the second panel discussing Charm & Strange, Canary, and The Gospel of Winter

Recap and Video of the third panel discussing Pointe and Faking Normal  

Recap and Video of the fourth panel discussing Historical Fiction: A Mad, Wicked Folly, Gilt, and Maid of Secrets

Recap and Video of the fifth panel discussing Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

Recap and Video of the sixth panel discussing PRESS PLAY by Eric Devine, BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican, and LEVERAGE by Joshua C. Cohen

Talking with Teens About Street Harassment
Street Harassment

Stop Street Harassment Week (information and stats)
What It’s Like for a Girl: How Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama made me think about the politics of sexuality in the life of girls
That Time Matt Smith Perpetuated Street Harassment Culture at Comic Con

New Street Harassment Report Results

Talking with Teens About Human Trafficking
Read Kimberly Purcell’s TRAFFICKED for a look at this issue and read her post about writing the book
Human Trafficking: YOU can get involved
The Slave Across the Street

Talking with Teens About Consent
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, talking to teens about consent and rape part 1 and part 2
This is What Consent Looks Like
The Curios Case of the Kissing Doctor and Consent

Sex/Romance in Fiction (including a Ted talk on Making Sexing Normal) by Carrie Mesrobian

Talking with Teens About Slut Shaming
Slut Shaming part 1 and part 2
Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
Slut Shaming Hurts Guys, too by Jennifer Mathieu
True Confessions of a Former Slut Shamer 
A couple of links of note on the topic of slut shaming  
SLJ article: How librarians can help in the fight the culture of slut shaming

Sexual violence and GLBTQ
Part 1: Sexual violence inside (and because of) the closet by Anthony Isom

Books with Sex or Consent Positive Examples
Karen’s List
Christa’s List
Carrie’s List

Talking About Triggers and After Care (Important Additional Resources)
Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Rape Awareness: Triggers
Tips for Friends and Family of Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors
RAINN: Self Care for Survivors

Talking About Hazing

Take 5: Hazing

Breaking Tradition: Brutal Youth author Anthony Breznican on the fight against hazing

 Initiation Secrets: Press Play and a look at hazing rituals by Eric Devine

Bearing Witness to Violence, a guest post by Eric Devine

Take 5: Five thoughts I had while reading Brutal Youth

Book Discussion Guides 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Canary by Rachele Alpine
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (also deals with self-harm)

Additional Resources
What is Rape Culture? 
What “Rape Culture” Means 
Systemic Barriers: Gender Socialization | Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
Ending Widespread Violence Against Women: Promoting Gender Equality: UNFPA
Myth and Facts about Sexual Abuse, Violence and Rape (from 1 in 6)
A Guide to Male Sale Assault from RAINN 

Stop Street Harassment is an organization dedicated to raising awareness about Street Harassment 

The Good Men Project looks at cultural masculinity and addresses thinks like rape culture and more

Follow the #SVYALit Tumblr for updates and additional posts
This index will be updated on an ongoing basis

How to Use the #SVYALit Project Index:

“Books are a safe way to help teens process topics we know they are thinking about. Here are some things you can do in your library to get the discussion going in your library—and also implement ways to help teens who themselves have been impacted by SV.

  • Contact your local hospital and see if they have a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). SANE nurses can come to your school and library and give talks about healthy relationships, consent, unhealthy and abusive relationships, recognizing the signs of sexual violence and more. They will usually do this for free as part of their outreach.
  • Put together a panel of local communities who work with youth to discuss the various resources in your immediate community that can help teens. Or have a health fair and include this type of information.
  • Have a book discussion group on the various titles we are discussing in SVYALit, and watch the author discussion panels.
  • At the very least, share relevant information with your community by building displays, putting together booklists and resources, and discussion guides. For example, a variety of discussion guides for Speak can be found online.

There is evidence to suggest that promoting gender equality can help decrease sexual violence. So consider creating integrated book displays based on themes like plagues, dystopians, action and adventure, etc. instead of promoting gendered displays like “boy books” and “girl books.” See also: Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Will Be Accomodating by author Laurel Snyder.” – excepted from Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life at School Library Journal

The #SVYALit Project appears in the April 2014 edition of School Library Journal on Page 18

Comments

  1. This whole project has just been amazing. I really, really appreciate all the hard work y'all have put into this.

  2. Thank you so very much, we appreciate this feedback. It is so important to us and it is nice to know that people are reading. I hope we can make a difference in some way.

  3. Emily Childress-Campbell says:

    I think the link to the “Project Outline an Schedule is Broken”.

    • Karen Jensen, TLT Karen Jensen, TLT says:

      Emily, we recently migrated from Blogger to WordPress as part of our transition to the SLJ network and their technical people are working on fixing all the link re-directs. Apparently some of the links got lost in translation. I apologize for the inconvience.

      But we’re working on putting together a schedule for 2015 so be looking for that.
      Karen

    • Karen Jensen, TLT Karen Jensen, TLT says:

      I think we have fixed the broken links now.
      Karen

  4. Before I became a teacher, I was a sexual assault crisis counselor for my county’s women’s center. I did that work sometimes as a volunteer and sometimes as a paid employee for 15 years. This is a wonderful resource and as you all already know, a very needed one. Many thanks for this.

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