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Censorship in KY

There's a book called  Scars:

Blurb lifted from Amazon:

Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth


There is talk in  Boone County, KY  about banning it from the library.

Shame on them.

Author blogged about it here: http://ht.ly/419n9

Pass the word on if you feel motivated by censorship, or violence against women.

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rickashay1
Feb. 22nd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
GAH! This always makes me furious when they do this! It seems they don't understand that it can actually help other people! I mean seriously, if applied to real life, it can actually help a lot of people! I mean, I've never read this book, but there is always talk about other schools trying to ban "How to Kill a Mockingbird" because it deals with racism! But it deals with it negatively!

I can understand this, mainly because it can really affect other people emotionally if they have had a similar thing happen to them. Especially if it's a school related subject that they must read. I, however, think that a story that deals with abuse shouldn't be a required reading, but I am pretty sure that it shouldn't be banned from a school library!

(Sorry if you see any typos, I wrote this pretty quickly.)
kokoronagomu
Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
i have a few close younger friends who cut and it could be triggering for some of the girls who cut for similar reasons but other than that, yes i agree with rickashay1 it could help people understand the reasons why and that these people aren't usually suicidal. it is a book that should carry a warning that it may contain triggers.
knittingknots
Feb. 22nd, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
The title and cover kind of make it clear that it's about cutting, so that's probably covered. But yeah, anything that can trigger common things need to have that obviously and warned for. Writer who wrote it said she wrote it cause this was the book she needed to read when she was in that age bracket...so I suspect the message is, even though this is what's going on, you are worthwhile and life is something good.
ladycash
Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Haven't read the link. Is this a school library, or the public? If the school, I can kind of understand, b/c not all books are suitable for kids.

If its the public, yeah, I'm with you, NO censorship. At the public level, it becomes (only) the parents responsiblity to determine appropriate-ness.

knittingknots
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
public library.
langus_fiction
Feb. 23rd, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Why do I have a feeling that the real reason they have an issue with this book this this one line: "and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more"

Sexual abuse? No problem. Self harm? Meh, not great but okay. Talk about a girl liking another girl? BAN!

Ridiculous.
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