The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is Lynn Slaughter, author of Deadly Setup, which came out earlier this year.
Dear Teenage Self,
When I think about the total lack of sex education you received, I cringe. Sex wasn’t something your parents ever talked about with you. And at school, the sum total of your sex education was one session in a junior high health class that covered the nuts and bolts of sexual reproduction. I guess it’s not surprising that after you grew up, you became a comprehensive sexuality educator. You never wanted any teen to be as naïve as you were!
You had no idea what a healthy romantic relationship was or how to handle adults who sexually harassed you. You didn’t even know what sexual harassment was and were hopelessly idealistic about adult authority figures. You assumed all teachers, for example, were automatically trustworthy.
Lynn As A Teen