The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Issue #135 (Winter 2019) issue cover
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Zantia thinks at first that Ms. Lisa will be just another "annoying lady" who would call her a delinquent. Instead, she shows Zantia that she's smart and worthwhile. (full text)

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This issue brings foster teens into the national conversation about sexual abuse and harassment. Story subjects include sexual trafficking, girls who aren't believed, foster mothers who harbor predators, and internalized misogyny. (full text)

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Grace has been labeled as “trouble” by men since she was 12. She writes about how this label implies girls are to blame for actions by impulsive men who lack self-control. (full text)

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Marreka gets the message young that her body is for adults to use. Molested at age 5, and trafficked as a young teen, she finally finds love and support at Gateways and GEMS. (full text)

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Gateways is a program for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Budy Garcia-Whitfield, LCSW, explains how she and other staff there help girls rediscover the best in themselves. (full text)

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The author is shocked to learn that his father has molested his sister -- and that their mother takes the father's side. The author has trouble mourning because of his father's contempt for emotion. (full text)

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Three girls discuss being treated as sex objects, what consent to sex is, why girls and women don't report rapes, why men can't talk about their feelings, and what an oppression-free world would look like. (full text)

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Jeimmy questions the fairness of her school’s dress code after she’s punished for a violation. She notices that the schoolwide policy only seems to apply to girls. (full text)

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The author is molested by her mom's boyfriend, and her mom disbelieves and yells at her. She tries to tell a friend, who brushes it aside. Finally, she tells another friend, who is supportive and kind. (full text)

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Two therapists who specialize in trauma talk about why youth might minimize what they've been through and how misogyny and racism lead adults to underestimate and even blame youth for abuse they experience. (full text)

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Wendolyn is brutally gang-raped on her 12th birthday. She slowly heals starting several years later through the help of a supportive boyfriend, therapy, church, and telling her story. (full text)

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A man who lives in her foster home gives the author money and helps her break house rules. When she hears he impregnated a foster daughter before, she realizes he's been "grooming" her for a sexual relationship. (full text)

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Ria examines how social media, her family, friends, and other aspects of society has influenced her negative attitudes toward women, including herself. (full text)

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Youth explore what makes a trustworthy confidante and write a letter to the author of "Who To Tell." In the second exercise, Gender Box, youth explore how stereotypes define and confine them. (full text)
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