Speak Essay | Melinda as a Victim of Sexual Abuse

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Melinda as a Victim of Sexual Abuse

Summary: An essay about Melinda Sordino, the main character in Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak, who is a victim of a sexual crime. Melinda exhibits a number of physical and emotional indicators of sexual abuse, and she pursues various coping mechanisms, both negative and positive.
The statistics are alarming. Current estimations show that one-third of all children are sexually abused before the age of 18. That means 40% of all females and 30% of all males. What is especially shocking is that these estimations represent only a small portion of actual occurrences of sexual abuse. What is sexual abuse? Webster's Dictionary defines it as: the forcing of unwanted sexual activity by one person on another, as by the use of threats, or coercion; sexual activity that is deemed improper or harmful. There are many types of evidence used in determining whether or not a person has been sexually abused: physical, emotional coping mechanisms (good and bad). The question at hand is if Andy Evans raped Melinda Sordino. The answer to that is yes.

Specific physical indicators of sexual abuse include: bruises or bleeding in genital area or mouth, habit disorders (biting...

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