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The Allegorical Child: Sex and Sexuality in Caribbean Young Adult (YA) Fiction

BERKLEY WENDELL SEMPLE

A strange and unnecessary bashfulness prevailed in our literature. This was glaring when compared to the treatment of other themes, like politics, religion or colonialism. The absence of sex and sexuality in Caribbean literature reflected our actual lives in troubling ways – ways that did not take into consideration the wide-ranging experiences of young adults.

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How ACEs Science Saved My Life

JULIA TORRES BARDEN

I wanted to tell the judge that my mother and stepfather were alcoholics who used drugs and fought violently in front of me. He needed to know that I had stomach aches every day and I couldn’t concentrate on school because I had to be hypervigilant to protect myself from them.

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