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This was one of those things that popped into my head earlier today, and I keep flashing back to it. I read this as a library book when I was in Ashland, KY, probably around the mid-90s. I think it was a paperback whose cover was primarily blue, with the girl depicted on the front, staring off to one side. I don't think the book was long, maybe under a hundred pages, and was in English. Early in the book, four boys (I think members of one of the sports teams?) corner her in a deserted part of school, maybe under construction, and sexually assault her. It's not described in detail, but rather as a series of somewhat disconnected moments, I think from the perspective of the protagonist, who is one of the boys assaulting her. I don't remember if they get caught and punished for it, but one of them is consumed with guilt over it, and befriends the girl in his attempt to come to grips with having done it. As I remember it, the assault was not premeditated, but more of a matter of them coming upon her in the deserted section of the school, and what starts out as teasing escalates.

The girl might have been named "Wendy", because I have this vague memory of conflating the character with the title character of the song by The Association. She was Caucasian, and had long hair. I think the boys were also Caucasian, I think.

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Fair Game by Erika Tamar looks like possibility. From the Publishers Weekly's review (copied from Amazon.com) :

With frankness, insight and imagination, Tamar translates a headline-making New Jersey crime into a thoughtful and gripping novel about a mildly retarded girl in a Long Island community who is gang-raped and otherwise molested by a group of high school athletes, all-American boys with bright futures. Three diverse yet equally credible characters alternate as narrators: Cara Snowden, the boys' victim, a special-ed student who wants nothing more than to be a "regular girl"; Laura Jean Kettering, girlfriend of one of the rapists, blinded by loyalty and unable to acknowledge the horrific truth until it almost literally stares her in the face; and Julio "Joe" Lopez, an athlete who refuses to take part in the assault on Cara.

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    That does look like a good match. I'm going to see if I can scare up a copy. How did you locate it? Jan 17 at 21:20
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    Snippet from "Something about the Author" from Google books search for mentally rape " children's books" looked promising: " One of Tamar's hardest - hitting YA novels , however , is Fair Game , the story of the gangrape of a mentally..."
    – Ayshe
    Jan 18 at 7:01

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