The Courage Party: Helping Our Resilient Children Understand and Survive Sexual Assault

The Courage Party: Helping Our Resilient Children Understand and Survive Sexual Assault

by Joyce Brabner Author and Gerta Oparaku Illustrator

An American Splendor Family Comic

Are you a parent who struggles with how to talk with your young child about the sensitive subject matter of sexual abuse? Courage Party is a gently explicit story based on a real-life situation. As a young person, Danielle was assaulted in a park. To help her get over the trauma, her adoptive parents, Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar (American Splendor), supported her in many ways. Joyce threw her a "courage party" to celebrate her bravery and ability to work through her feelings. Above and beyond the legal consequences, family and community support is what made a difference between surviving and thriving. Written in an easy-to-follow, relatable way, this beautifully illustrated story is meant for kids and grown-ups to read together. A valuable and accessible resource for teaching children resilience and agency in an uncertain world, whether or not they've personally experienced abuse.