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Speaking Out About Rape

This presentation is about the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anserson. During this presentation you will see what the book is about, and what happens with people in reality.

Jessica Stackpole

on 16 June 2010

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Transcript of Speaking Out About Rape

SPEAKing out about rape My book is called Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book explores the hard times Melinda Sordino goes through after being raped by a fellow high school student. 93% of juvenile rape victims know their attacker. How Many People Do You Think Walk
Away Free After Committing A Rape? Melinda Sordino was just like any other teenage girl.
Always hanging out with her friends, and enjoying the life being lived.
Melinda had a best friend named Rachel, and it was summer vacation when
everything changed between them. Rachel and Melinda went to a party where she found a cute
boy, named Andy Evans. They both went out to his car and he then raped her. She panicked and called the police where the party then ended, as well as Melinda's friendship with Rachel. Rachel was mad that Melinda ratted about the party and stopped talking to Melinda, and started dating Andy. Reluctantly not knowing about the rape. Melinda had a hard time being in school, the year following the summer when the rape happened. Andy goes to her school, and hangs out with her old friends, and flaunts to her discreetly about the rape periodically when they see eachother. Melinda hasn't told anybody about the rape and everyday at school makes her secret eat away at her more and more. 60% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Melinda needs to tell someone. She wants to tell
someone, get the horrible secret off her chest so she can
finally feel free of the suffocation this secret causes.
One day, Melinda was in the library and Rachel was also. Melinda
sat down next to her and took out some paper and told Rachel that
she had been raped at the party and that is why she called the cops.
Rachel was baffled by this, and asked Melinda to tell her who did it.
She told Rachel that it was Andy Evans, Rachel's boyfriend. Rachel
was furious that she said that and insisted it was a lie, and furthermore
asked Andy about it. When Andy was asked about the rape involving Melinda, he denied
it of course. Rachel was a little suspicious about it though. The way Andy acted
when Rachel asked about it was a clear sign that something was wrong. Not long after
Andy was asked that, he was caught in Melinda's secret hiding spot in one of the schools janitor closets, with Melinda trying to rape her again. He threw Melinda up against a mirror that broke into pieces, and Melinda took one of the broken pieces and put it up against his neck, when the lacross team got the doors open to find what was going on. After being found in the janitors closet, the truth came out about that night.
She told her parents about what happened, and became a happier person after
SPEAKing up about it. When compared with non-victims, rape victims have
been found 8.7% more likely to commit suicide--
Be safe, SPEAK up. DID YOU KNOW? DID YOU KNOW? <--- A rape victim who was
brutally beaten. -http://www.aardvarc.org/rape/about/statistics.shtml
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