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Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Melanie argues that gun control is the way to keep American's safe—not Trump's attempts to keep immigrants out of the country. (full text)
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Remi is alarmed by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple—and even on her own block. (full text)
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After the writer barely escapes getting raped, she turns to weed to help her forget what happened. Her adviser reaches out to her and reminds her of her future goals. (full text)
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Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. (full text)
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After doing jail time for robbery, the writer begins to reevaluate his life. However, he doesn't make a significant change until his grandmother dies; she had pressed him to leave the street life behind. (full text)
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Carlos, who is from Honduras, recounts two assassination attempts on his father's life. (full text)
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The writer's chaotic home life leaves her with uncontrolled rage. She releases her anger by inflicting pain on others, and eventually ends up behind bars. That prompted her to get help by starting therapy. (full text)
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Najet, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence, describes the mandatory anger management course she has to take while behind bars. (full text)
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The writer falls for a "bad boy." He becomes increasingly possessive and their constant fighting turns physical. It's not until after she breaks up with him that she learns she was in an abusive relationship.
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Catherine learns how quickly things can escalate beyond the virtual world when a confrontation on Facebook leads to real-life violence. (full text)
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After being arrested for assault, Fred is sent to a residential treatment center, where he eventually learns ways to deal with his anger and his violent past. (full text)
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Julie finds that opening up about her feelings helps her to deal with them in more constructive ways. (full text)
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After her father abandons the family, the writer feels weighed down by family responsibilities. Physical symptoms of depression and thoughts of suicide eventually drive her to talk to a counselor, which helps. (full text)
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Teachers tell students to walk away from fights or to inform an adult, but that advice is ignored because those who follow it get beaten up. (full text)
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The writer lives in a violent home and has to physically break up fights between her parents. She compensates by becoming the perfect kid, but her empty feelings lead to hallucinations and she starts seeing a counselor. (full text)
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Karate gives Robin a positive way to release and control his anger. (full text)
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Juan is torn between watching his friends’ backs and staying out of trouble. (full text)
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Zeena slowly realizes that the abuse she gets from her parents isn’t just part of their culture—it’s wrong. (full text)
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The author meets a guy she really likes and they start going out. Then he plans a “surprise.” (full text)
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The writer's childhood was a blur of drug dealing, abuse, and death, and chaos. He mourns never getting to "do kid things" and ponders how he'll ever be able to trust. (full text)
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Youth Communication's summer workshop on gender led writers to challenge stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. They found that gender roles can limit or even hurt people. (full text)
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Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. (full text)
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Men are constantly commenting on Margaret's appearance as she walks down the street. She reports on how widespread—and how damaging to girls—street harassment is. (full text)
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Domestic violence expert Heather McLain explains what to do if your parent is being abused. (full text)
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Growing up in a violent, dysfunctional household, Linda becomes depressed and suicidal. Therapy helps her express her feelings. (full text)

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