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Welcome to the Shelf Care reading list by The Blue Bench! Every month, we curate a reading list of books showcasing powerful voices and talented storytelling. These books delve into topics related to sexual assault, identity, trauma, healing, hope, community, and resilience.

January reminds us all that we need and deserve a refreshed start and outlook, so the books on this month’s list are all about self-love, healing, self-reflection, and learning and understanding trauma and abuse.

[TW/CW: These books may contain topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, racism, violence, and other topics that may be triggering]

Sexual violence exists everywhere. It affects everyone, with lasting outcomes for the survivors and their loved ones. Anyone can be a survivor or a perpetrator of this crime. The way that a community responds to sexual violence can impact everyone.

Welcome to the Shelf Care reading list by The Blue Bench! Every month, we curate a reading list of books showcasing powerful voices and talented storytelling. These books delve into topics related to sexual assault, identity, trauma, healing, hope, community, and resilience.

The books highlighted in this month’s list are by Indigenous and Native American identified authors in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.

[TW/CW: These books may contain topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, racism, alcoholism, violence, and other topics that may be triggering]

November 13th-19th is Transgender Awareness Week, and in recognition of this week we’re sharing some ways that you can be an ally for transgender and gender diverse folks in your community.

Welcome to the Shelf Care reading list by The Blue Bench! Every month, we curate a reading list of books showcasing powerful voices and talented storytelling. These books delve into topics related to sexual assault, identity, trauma, healing, hope, community, and resilience.

The books highlighted in this month’s list are b Latinx-identified authors in recognition of Latinx Heritage Month.

[TW/CW: These books may contain topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, racism, violence, eating disorders, school violence, cyberbullying, and other topics that may be triggering]

We are adding a special book every month, a banned book of the month. Books depicting sexual violence often get placed on banned book lists. We believe that silencing authors who’ve written about sexual violence perpetuates stigmas around the issue.

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