You Ruined It (Ordinary Terrible Things) (Paperback)

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This is a book about hard things: sexual assault, incest, and childhood trauma. It is written to be gentle and accessible. It allows opportunities to have healing conversations and provides a place to be seen, heard, and believed. Anastasia Higginbotham provides several helpful resources on healing childhood trauma and setting boundaries. Bad things happen and are common; this book gives young people and grown people a place to start unpacking and mend.
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Description


In You Ruined It, author Anastasia Higginbotham 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.


I wish I had this magical brave book when I was young and being abused. So beautifully rendered and carefully told. May it inspire anyone caught in childhood sexual abuse to tell their story and get free. --V (formerly EVE ENSLER), award-winning playwright and author of bestsellers The Vagina Monologues and The Apology

About the Author


ANASTASIA HIGGINBOTHAM is the author and illustrator of Divorce Is the Worst, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, Death Is Stupid, and Tell Me About Sex, Grandma--all part of the Ordinary Terrible Things series. She lives in Brooklyn.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948340304
ISBN-10: 1948340305
Publisher: Dottir Press
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Ordinary Terrible Things