Ending Silence: Demanding Safety from Sexual Assault

Ending Silence: Demanding Safety from Sexual Assault is a series of graphic novels for adult inmates in custodial settings. These graphic novels are intended to educate inmates about how to identify and address incidents of sexual abuse. The plot lines in these graphic novels dramatize situations we know occur in custodial settings. The use of graphic novels in community education projects is well established. Through presenting information through an illustrative medium, these novels aim to disseminate information about the sexual abuse reporting process to inmates at all literacy levels. These novels were developed with the requirements of the Inmate Education standard 115.33 standard requirements in mind, and can be used as part of a more comprehensive education program, but do not ensure compliance with the standard. These graphic novels are a first step in reaching out to inmates in order to help them identify, address, and respond to incidents of sexual abuse by staff or other inmates. We hope that these publications will deepen the dialogue about strategies to eliminate sexual abuse in custody. There is a blank page at the end for you to add your agency and community resources. Be sure to print the novels double-sided to create them as a booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the Project on Addressing Prison Rape at endsilence@wcl.american.edu.

The Ending Silence series includes three graphic novels.

  • Book 1: I Reported (focus on gender non-conforming inmates)
  • Book 2: Don't Touch Me (for male inmates)
  • Book 3: The Barter (for female inmates)
Project on Addressing Prison Rape,
Caleb J. Bess,
Rebecca I. Heinsen,
Jaime M. Yarussi,
Brenda V. Smith
Community Confinement
Lockup Facility
Prisons and Jails
Inmate education
Detainee education
Resident education
Gender non-conforming
Training and education