Date Rape (Straight Talk About Series)

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
"Healthy relationships are built on respect, communication, and trust" (p. 13), providing equal power to both parties. The text discusses relationship problems, ranging from possessiveness to actual physical or sexual assault, that arise from power imbalances. Media portrayals of relationships often confuse the issue around setting appropriate boundaries; a "Dating Rights" section counters with clear guidelines. Appropriate cautions are also sounded about the increased use of social media to negotiate relationships. Warning signs of abuse are enumerated as are tips for staying safe. This volume is part of the "Straight Talk About..." series, which includes the titles Cutting and Self-Injury, Child Abuse, Date Rape, Racism and Prejudice, Suicide, and Teen Pregnancy. All the titles in this series share high quality production (e.g., photographs, reasonable chunks of informational text, interspersed quotes, colored blocks on focused topics, glossary terms in bold) and a common format (i.e., personal vignette followed by an introduction to the topic, content chapters which include coping and help seeking advice, Web-based and hotline resources, a glossary, and an index). The writing level is consistently targeted to the tween and early teen audience, although the topics seem more appropriate to older teens in some cases. The tone of the writing is uniformly non-judgmental, encourages appropriate help-seeking, and affirms individual worth and choice-making. Credibility of the books would have been enhanced by providing a note about the author qualifications (only the name of a consulting psychologist is noted in the tp verso); sources or references for data, statistics and other factual information; and more coherent choices for vocabulary definitions. Occasional typographical/editing errors are distracting. Overall, the accuracy of information and positive approach to dealing with these difficult issues outweigh these concerns, so that school counselors and librarians may want to add these to their collections. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—The Rodgers tackle a sensitive subject in a manner that's easy for young people to comprehend. They cover topics ranging from overt racism to homophobia to the treatment of people with mental and physical disabilities. They discuss the history of hate and include personal accounts from those who've dealt with being stereotyped. The book is well laid out and easy to read, with bolded terms defined in a glossary, a list of resources for those affected by racism or prejudice, a "Coping Toolbox," and a "Hot Topics" question-and-answer section. Readers will appreciate the relevant photos of teens, the quotes, and the honest writing style. According to Wilkins, one in three adolescent girls experiences some form of dating violence, be it verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual. Many of these instances go unreported due to fear, embarrassment, or a lack of understanding as to what actually constitutes abuse. The author succeeds at demystifying this important topic. Including sections such as a list of "Dating Rights," a "Sexual Assault Safety and Survival" guide, and a comprehensive list of resources for those needing assistance, the book also explains terms such as voluntary consent, gender roles, and sexual orientation. Wilkins also addresses violence in the GLBTQ community, date-rape drugs, and the pressure many young people feel to have sex. The accompanying color photographs and personal stories will draw readers in, and the straightforward language and short chapters will keep their attention.—Kelly McGorray, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778721284
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Straight Talk About Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,042,903
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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