Sex­ual As­sault

The Ul­ti­mate Teen Guide

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews Young Adult -

Olivia Ghafo­erkhan, Row­man & Lit­tle­field Hard­cover $45 (200pp), 978-1-4422-5247-9

This im­por­tant teen guide per­forms two cru­cial func­tions: ed­u­cat­ing teens on nu­mer­ous myths as­so­ci­ated with sex­ual as­sault, and show­ing teens how to help both them­selves and their friends. Given that teens are, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, more likely to con­fide about th­ese as­saults to their friends rather than to an adult, Sex­ual As­sault: The Ul­ti­mate Teen Guide pro­vides es­sen­tial guid­ance for the all-too-many teens who have to con­front th­ese is­sues.

The book is bro­ken down into a few dif­fer­ent sec­tions, the first one defin­ing sex­ual as­sault be­fore the other sec­tions delve into its dif­fer­ent types, from date rape to child abuse. The book then goes on to de­scribe the heal­ing process, along with how friends and fam­ily can help sur­vivors, be­fore con­clud­ing with a list of re­sources such as web­sites, books, and films that deal with the topic of sex­ual as­sault. It also in­cludes a glos­sary of key terms. Through­out, the work touches on key is­sues such as vic­tim blam­ing and hu­man traf­fick­ing, weav­ing in both statis­tics and sto­ries drawn from the au­thor’s forty-plus in­ter­views with sex­ual-as­sault sur­vivors.

The book in­cludes some sur­pris­ing and il­lu­mi­nat­ing facts: for in­stance, Ghafo­erkhan notes that of the forty sur­vivors she in­ter­viewed, only four were as­saulted by strangers, which is con­sis­tent with na­tion­wide statis­tics on sex­ual as­sault. In ad­di­tion, less than a third of rapes are re­ported to po­lice. Though the sto­ries are not overly graphic, they may be dis­turb­ing to younger au­di­ences.

Ghafo­erkhan em­pha­sizes the need of more con­ver­sa­tion about sex­ual as­sault, both to help re­duce the stigma around it and to cre­ate a space where more peo­ple feel em­pow­ered to dis­cuss their ex­pe­ri­ences. This es­sen­tial re­source is thought-pro­vok­ing and hum­bling, and it is ideal for teen al­lies—in­clud­ing par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors, and men­tors—who want to un­der­stand how they can help.

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