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I’m My Own Woman, Not His
I'm ready for respect.
author image E.F. dates a boy who tells her, "I want to make you mine." That makes her feel special, but then he grows controlling and abusive.

I was 17 and a virgin. Part of me wanted to lose my virginity to someone I loved, but another part of me just wanted to get rid of it. The idea of “losing it to Prince Charming” was starting to feel... [more]

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Violence Against Women Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. [more]
Tomgirl Selena is pure tomboy until adolescence. Then she dresses girly and likes the male attention. Now her style and her spirit combine masculine and feminine. [more]
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Street Harassment Is No Compliment Men are constantly commenting on Margaret's appearance as she walks down the street. She reports on how widespread—and how damaging to girls—street harassment is. [more]
No Violence, No Silence The author sees his father hit his mother. Instead of keeping quiet, he seeks help and talks to trusted friends and mentors. [more]
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<em>Short Term 12</em> Gets RTFs Right Anthony reviews the new film about a group home, Short Term 12, and recognizes things from his own time in a residential treatment facility. [more]
Sticking Together As Otis drifts away from his adoptive mother, he ponders what family means -- sharing holidays? blood? loyalty? respect? harmony? [more]
Woman’s Best Friend Chimore and her dog Prissy have a special bond that's helped Chimore adjust to life after foster care [more]
Book Review: <em>13 Reasons Why</em> Carlos reviews a novel that explores a girl's reasons for suicide. The hero of the book, and Carlos, realize that you need to pay attention to signs that peers are suffering. [more]
Sisters Sticking Together The author is jealous of her younger sister, who is their mom's favorite. When their mom's abuse sends them into care, the author realizes she and her sister are each other's family. [more]
I Want to Stop Leaving People Behind Daisy moves so many times in foster care that she stops saying goodbye or keeping in touch with people. When she finds a supportive family, she vows to better stay connected. [more]
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