Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Since publishing Speak, the young-adult novel that addressed rape head-on, author Laurie Halse Anderson has heard from countless sexual-assault survivors.

It may sound like a burden, but it isn’t, she explains to NPR’s Melissa Block: “It's a gift because it shows me that this person trusts me and that I've written or said something that is allowing them to find their voice.”

And it’s also a source of power — because if you can endure the weight of something heavy, you become stronger.

Anderson’s new memoir, Shout, addresses the impact of hearing from survivors as well as how she dealt with the aftermath of her own assault at age thirteen.

Listen to Anderson discuss Shout on Weekend Edition below, or read a transcript of her interview on NPR’s website.

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