'Thirteen Reasons Why' Author Jay Asher Responds To Sexual Harassment Allegations




This is a follow-up to this post about the many people who have been recently named as sexual predators in the children's publishing industry, including James Dashner (Maze Runner), Mo Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus), Sherman Alexie (The Absolute Diary of a Part-Time Indian), and Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why).

Here's a breakdown:
  • It was recently revealed that Jay Asher, author of the best-selling YA novel Thirteen Reasons Why — which spawned a successful Netflix adaptation — was expelled from the nonprofit literary organization Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) last year after the organization received allegations of sexual harassment.
  • Asher claims that he was not pushed out of SCBWI, but left on his own accord. He said: “It's very scary when you know people are just not going to believe you once you open your mouth. I feel very conflicted about it just because of what's going on in the culture and who's supposed to be believed and who's not.”
  • Asher also feels he has been "thrown under the bus," claiming he was "harassed" by a group of anonymous people who were after him for over 10 years.
  • Many authors, editors, and agents who work in children's publishing are aghast at Asher's response, especially in light of recent sexual harassment and assault allegations made against a group of people in the children's publishing community.

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