Kathleen Buckstaff - Get Savvy (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

On a winter night at a prestigious New England boarding school, two teenage girls compared secret love letters male teachers had written them. One girl kept a journal and recorded the events that followed. The other, years later, took her own life.

When her own daughter was 16, Kathleen Buckstaff, author and former Los Angeles Times columnist, developed severe stomach pain and within a few months lost 30 pounds. Doctors eventually determined she was suffering from PTSD. As she reviewed her old journals, Kathleen had to face painful truths. When she discovered the two teachers were still teaching, she felt obligated to do everything possible to protect current students.

Kathleen interviewed over 60 college students, recent graduates, healthcare professionals, self-defense instructors, and professors. In letters to a teenage girl, she revisits the events that changed her life and the lives of her closest friends, drawing from her interviews to describe what she wishes she had known about sex, predators, self-defense, and love.

Get Savvy also includes a journal section with reflection questions, in which Kathleen offers a practice of self-love, kindness, and respect, encouraging the reader to take time to get to know herself.

This book can be used as a reference book in Health and Sexuality education classes. It covers bullying, resisting peer pressure and how to create positive social alliances. Get Savvy also addresses what to say to someone who has been sexually assaulted or raped; how to identify an abusive relationship; what to say to someone who is depressed and may be suicidal; what to say to someone who may have an eating disorder. Get Savvy covers how to ask someone on a date; how to talk about sexual boundaries; what consent looks like; how to identify predatory behavior; verbal language around self-defense; how to intervene and help as a bystander; bystander training; and how to get help for oneself or a friend who is suffering from PTSD, mental illness, or sexual trauma. Get Savvy specifically deals with suicide prevention and lists warning signs and prevention strategies.

Get Savvy also includes mindfulness training, the cultivation of compassion and healthy boundaries, and encourages the exploration of one's inner guide, gifts, and goals. Get Savvy teaches self-love, respect and resilience. It is a resource tool for teens, both male and female, parents, educators, healthcare providers and community leaders.

Kathleen Buckstaff is an award-winning author, columnist, speaker and artist. Her columns have been published in The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Arizona Republic, The Sun Literary Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has been speaking and performing at schools, churches, conferences and theaters for over 20 years. In 2010, Kathleen created a one-woman play “The Tiffany Box, a love remembered” from her own private emails, letters, published columns and diary entries about the last two years of her mother’s life. She performed the play to sold-out theatres in San Francisco, Phoenix, and NYC. Kathleen expanded the play into a book called The Tiffany Box, a memoir, which was an Award-Winning Finalist, USA Best Book Awards and International Best Book Awards.
Kathleen has a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford and a MA in Journalism from Stanford. She lives in Marin with her husband where she loves to hike, take photographs, and have their young adult children return home for a visit

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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ISBN: 9781941758939
Availability: Special Order
Published: Inkshares - April 11th, 2017

If ever there was a guidebook to keeping your teenage daughter safe from sexual violence, this would be the one. In Get Savvy, Kathleen Buckstaff explores the realities of sexual behavior and sexual assault in teenage culture, along with specific strategies for confronting dangerous patterns and preventing assault.