Laurie Halse Anderson’s young adult novel “Speak” is about a rape survivor who finds difficulty speaking after she is sexually assaulted. The book has the potential to help many teen sufferers of abuse and assault come forward about their own experiences and seek help, and there is now the threat of the book being banned. See Laurie Halse Anderson’s response to the accusation here.
Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor of management at Missouri State University, has come out calling the book “soft pornography” because of its two rape scenes. Hundreds of bloggers are in an uproar about this and have rushed to the book’s defense. An English teacher from Indiana has begun a Twitterfeed where people can tweet their opinions on the subject.
One of the most heartbreaking, honest responses to the accusation is by a rape survivor, and can be found here.
As for what else you can do to make your voice heard to the people of Republic, MO:
You can submit a letter to the editor of the News-Leader.
You can write to the superintendent of the Republic School District, Dr. Vern Minor, or to the high school principal, Daren Harris.
You can comment directly to Scroggins’ opinion piece.
Please let these people know how you feel about banning a book that could help give kids the courage and voice they need to seek help after being assaulted or abused.
A fourth young man has come forward claiming that Bishop Eddie Long of the Atlanta, Georgia church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, sexually abused him starting in 2005. Three other young men precede him, filing lawsuits against Long and claiming Long offered them luxury gifts in exchange for sex. Long is alleged to have told the boys that “engaging in sexual activity was an important component of the spiritual life.” The boys were 17 and 18 years old at the time of the abuse.
Considered a megachurch with over 25,000 members, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church condemns the gay lifestyle and gay marriage. All the young men filing lawsuits claim that several people close to Bishop Long knew about the sexual abuse and kept it quiet.
Read/see more at ABC news.
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