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March 5, 2019

Golisano March Book Display: #MeToo

March’s Book Display, #MeToo features fiction and personal testimony that pertains to the sensitive topics at the forefront of the #MeToo Movement, which has spread awareness and started discussions on the issues of sexual assault and violence. Since #MeToo first appeared on social media, the number of Young Adult books about sexual assault and abuse has increased dramatically. More and more schools are using books such as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be to spark discussions in classrooms and communities about these topics.

            The books featured in our display were written with the intention of providing a voice to victims, fostering healing, and lettings victims know that they are not alone. However, the depictions of sexual assault, domestic violence, and abuse in these books may be disturbing for some readers and may be triggering to those who have been the victims. Therefore, our display also includes several handouts of resources available both on and off campus to those needing support.

            In addition to the books on display (and available to check out), there is a bibliography. of additional titles that may be requested through interlibrary loan. Click here for the complete list:  #MeToo Titles

            Many thanks to our student worker, Kayleigh Fredericks, for her thoughtful display and to Monika Robertson, Title IX Coordinator, for providing brochures and handouts of resources available.