Thursday, September 30, 2010
However, in Missouri, some people think differently. In particular, a Missouri State University professor supposedly has called for a ban on this book in schools. Bizarrely enough, he equates the rape with "soft pornography" and has invoked Christian values to support his idea. The blogoshpere is active with writing about book banning and the attempt to silence the conversation about adolescent rape.
On their website, Speakloudly.org, Penguin books promotes not only Speak but freedom of speech and of the press in general. According to the blogs, this book has been instrumental in helping many women--some well past their teens-- come forward with their stories of rape and silence. Having a conversation about this story in class, at home and in doctors' offices can go a long way to bringing sex crimes out of the darkness and increasing understanding and compassion for its victims.