It's hard to read the continuing coverage of the Steubenville sexual assaults without seeing a gross empathy problem plaguing our culture. How else could these sorts of things happen? How could two teens feel that what they did was okay? How could their peers sit idly by as it happened or casually retweet the videos in its wake? Why would adults choose to enable such behavior through attempts to cover-up the attack?
Editor's note: our colleague at CLPTeensburgh, Joseph, has given us permission to reblog his essay on reading fiction in the wake of Steubenville. We hope you find it as meaningful as we did, and that you will add CLPTeensburgh to your list of must-read book/library blogs.