Some of the essays included in this book:
In PRETTY ENOUGH, author Beth Revis shares an experience where she was told by an older man she wasn't worth raping.
In THERE IS STRENGTH IN OUR VOICES, author Cheryl Rainfield shares her own horrific experience of being sexually abused by her family and extended family. She talks about the masks her abusers put on that made those around her not believe her.
In IT'S OUR SECRET, author Patty Blount's essay on how some families keep secrets really resonated big time with me and my own experiences growing up. Families 'knew' abuse was happening and spoke in whispers about it, but didn't do enough to stop it.
Some of the stories share how abusers thought that it was 'okay' to touch girls even when they said 'no'. Others go on about the whole, 'well-he-must-like-you' mentality if a boy teased you or even the 'boys-will-be-boys' mentality.
Raw, powerful collection of essays that tell readers that their voices matter. Only by sharing our own stories, people might stop this vicious cycle and believe those who do come forward and speak out.