Sexual Assault in Speak 9th Grade

Sexual assault is an issue that many people are unfortunate to face as it can affect people of any age, race, or location. Nearly everyone has heard of sexual assault, but many people disregard it as a fake issue making it hard for anyone out to come out and say they have been assaulted. This is the main issue in the novel “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson. The protagonist, Melinda Sordino, finds herself unable to bring up the topic of her being raped at the end-of-summer to anyone and does not tell anyone why she called the police.

That night of her rape changed how the rest of Melinda’s school year turned out as many problems arose, sending her into an infinite abyss of loss and sadness. Even though sexual causes Melinda to feel depressed and anxious, she faces it by standing up for herself and accepting her past. The night of Melinda Sordino’s rape was one that changed her life. She was invited by her friend, Rachel Bruin, to attend a huge end-of-summer party. There was music and beer, which Melinda might have had a few cups of. Melinda had an odd feeling in her stomach, so she went outside, perfect for any predators in search of prey. Melinda was approached by a senior, Andy Evans, who invited her dance, and before she...

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