Lesson 1 (from Part 1, 'I had thought it was over.' Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Fathers: Jude Brister, The Window's Netting; Maggie Hoyal, These Are the Things I Remember; and Yarrow Morgan, from Remember)
Part 1, "I had thought it was over." "Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Fathers": Jude Brister, "The Window's Netting"; Maggie Hoyal, "These Are the Things I Remember"; and Yarrow Morgan, from "Remember."
This book was the product of a writer's workshop run by Ellen Bass. It began as a way to give some of these women a voice and help women survivors of sexual abuse heal. This lesson looks at the introduction and how Ellen Bass discusses the roots, reasons, and results of childhood sexual abuse.
1. Class discussion: Do students think it will be difficult to read this book? Why? What surprising things does Ellen Bass point out in the Introduction? What ideas/theories does the class agree with? Disagree with?
2. Journal writing: Ellen Bass cites several examples of attitudes from published and famous doctors that childhood sexual abuse is no big deal. Do you think...
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