Young Adult Novels Exploring Sexual Abuse Against Boys: Background information when reading Tonight We Rule the World

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Tonight We Rule the World

by Zack Smedley

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Young Adult Novels Exploring Sexual Abuse Against Boys

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Despite its prevalence, sexual assault remains a largely taboo subject, particularly in cases where men and boys are victims. Toxic masculinity and societal pressure push many to suffer in silence, afraid of being perceived as "weak" and the repercussions this could have throughout their lives. The mental impact of this decision is explored to powerful effect in Zack Smedley's novel Tonight We Rule the World.

At least one in six men have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives, either as children or later in life, and studies suggest this figure is in fact higher, as male victims are less likely to come forward than their female counterparts — for the very reasons mentioned above. This reiterates the importance of championing narratives — fictional and otherwise — that set a blueprint for these victims to reclaim their stories and speak out. Here are some examples of novels that aim to do just that by addressing sexual abuse and assault of boys.

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