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10 Inspiring YA Books That Fight Against Society’s Dismissal of Rape

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We live in a society that teaches girls not to get raped, instead of teaching boys not to rape. Legal phrases like “innocent until proven guilty” typically translate into “liar until proven honest.” Rape culture is all around us — from the way we talk about sexual violence in the classroom, to the songs we listen to and even the TV shows we watch.

Rape culture, which is closely tied in with misogyny and sexism, explains the way we are more likely to believe a guy who says he didn’t do something than a woman who says he did. It is to blame when it comes to phrases like “her skirt was too short,” “she drank too much,” and “she shouldn’t have been walking home alone at that time of night,” instead of just saying the truth, — “he shouldn’t have done that.” Rape culture is slut-shaming; it’s victim-blaming and it’s all part of our society that diminishes actions that are unquestionably examples of sexual violence as if they are casual, inevitable and normal behaviors.

While it may seem like this heartbreaking and disturbing custom is coming at us from every angle, some thought provoking YA-book authors are not afraid to start chipping away at these normalized viewpoints that perpetuate sexual assault and rape, calling into question how not only a rapist can cause trauma to victim, but how society is partially to blame for their pain.

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