First one is from a few weeks ago - we read about a group of Native American women who created a graphic novel for girls and young women in their community who are raped. It's a group that doesn't often have a voice on these issues, but "Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races in the US and that more than one in three Native American women report having been raped during their lifetime."
The book is called What To Do When You’re Raped: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls and it is available for free online. It's incredibly sad that rape is so common in these communities (note the title "WHEN you're raped," not "IF you're raped...") but we do think this artistic way to help deal with it is cool. Many of the information and resources are applicable to all survivors, such as "The letter “F” is for: “It is not ever your fault. You did not ‘ask for it.’ You are not alone.”
Click here to download a free PDF.
You can read the full article from The Guardian here: Native American mothers ask: 'What do I tell my daughter when she is raped?
"'It's something that authors are starting to name," [Author E.K. Johnston] explains. "Whether it's fantasy, whether it's contemporary, whether it's sci-fi — they're starting to actually say the words 'consent, 'rape,' 'permission,' 'yes,' 'no,' those kinds of things.'"
Teaching youth about these topics early on is vital to changing rape culture - we hope that some of these voices for young adults will help open minds and open dialogue.
Read the full article: When Talking About Sexual Consent, YA Books Can Be A Parent's Best Friend.