The Presentation of Rape in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak


With the raising number of reported rape cases, rape becomes one of the crucial social problems in worldwide. Mostly, women and girls are the main target of this violent crime. The violation on women’s body is an issue which has been discussed in many ways. Children’s literature is one of the powerful tools used for raising awareness of sexual assault in readers. This paper focuses on the presentation of rape in Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. It also discusses the effects of rape culture on a rape victim and how the victim copes with the problems in the aftermath of rape. The study shows that rape myth acceptance considerably impacts people’s attitudes toward rape, rape victim and rapist.

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Kamonwan Chummee, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Supaporn Yimwilai, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: LibrAsia2017
Stream: Literature - Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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