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6 Recommended Books to Read for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For information on what the University of Utah campus is doing to raise awareness, visit this article written by the Center for Student Wellness. In support of campus efforts, here are six books that address this subject recommended by the Head of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, Allyson Mower. The resources listed are either audiobooks or eBooks provided by Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL). If you have an address in Salt Lake County, the SLCPL has temporarily waived their address verification requirement making it easier to sign up for your library card.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

A criminal act unravels everything that was once solid and known in this novel about the search for justice in a small community and within a family.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless.

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Discover what those in power will do to keep their criminal acts from being exposed.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

A harrowing assault within the backdrop of a violent childhood and indifferent society leads the main character to seek justice on her own with the unlikely support of a local journalist.

Hunger by Roxane Gay

This memoir explores the downstream effects of sexual violence on the life of a young woman just coming of age.

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

A life influenced by everything from sexual assault to sexism to love, joy, and trying to fit in.

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