exitcoverforrevealAn excellent book on a very difficult topic. Exit, Pursued by a Bear opens with Hermione Winters about to start her senior year of high school, attending her very last cheerleading camp. Hermione and her best-friend Polly are co-captains this year and she is ready to fully experience and appreciate her last time at camp. While, her boyfriend Leo (a fellow cheerleader) is feeling a bit neglected everything else about camp is more or less perfect, until the dance on the last night. Hermione gets handed a drugged cup of punch and wakes up in a hospital room, where she is informed that she has been raped. The bulk of the book is Hermione coping with the rape (that she has no memory of) and the aftermath (the rape results in a pregnancy, which leads to an abortion) and her relationships with her friends and parents. While, it may appear that the aftermath is a best case scenario – there is a bit of slut shaming and victim blaming, but overall her friends’ and family and even Hermione shut that down quickly – the point may be that this is how people should act when someone has been raped; there shouldn’t be victim blaming (why was she wearing that?, she was flirting a lot, etc.) or shaming and while those close to Hermione don’t always know what to say they are there and make sure she knows it.

Resources:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

 

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