In You Ruined It, Anastasia Higginbotham, acclaimed author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, sheds light on the confusion and pain that many children feel in the aftermath of incest and sexual assault.
When 11-year-old Dawn discloses that a favorite cousin sexually assaulted her, it's hard to tell what hurts more: the betrayal or the fall-out. After all, everyone always says to tell someone, but does this mean she'll never get to hang out with him again? What if he goes to jail?
And the biggest question of all: How will she know if she can trust someone again?
You Ruined It is a testament to a child's experience of a confusing betrayal, her broken heart, and the loved ones who help her piece it back together.---from the publisher
96 pages 978-1948340304 Ages 7-12
Keywords: sexual abuse, incest, sexual abuse survivor, sexual assault, feelings, family, betrayal, trust, dealing with your feelings, dealing with your emotions, healing, resilience, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, mental health, Social Emotional Learning SEL, self esteem, self image, self acceptance, self compassion, self reliance, self respect, difficult topics
Also in this series: Death Is Stupid; Tell Me About Sex Grandma; Not My Idea A Book About Whiteness; Divorce Is the Worst; What You Don't Know A Story of Liberated Childhood