Inmate/Resident Education

Youthful Inmates (COMING SOON!)

Sam Survives is a graphic novel for male youthful inmates and discusses their exposure to sexual abuse in an adult correctional settings. The novel raises several important issues including: (1) the code of silence among inmates and correctional staff in a facility; (2) beliefs about protective pairing; (3) the experience of gender non-conforming inmates; and (4) and female staff as perpetrators of sexual abuse. 

Though laws and policies differ by state, this publication can be used for all male youthful inmates. As such, we generalized the content and details of this novel to be usable nationwide. Additionally, although not included in the novel itself, discussion questions and a glossary of terms were developed to accompany Sam Survives. Feel free to download and use those items as you see fit.

Inmate Education (Adult Settings)

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 assault. 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 can be used to fulfill the Inmate Education standard 115.33 of the Prison Rape Elimination Act National Standards. 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.

The Ending Silence series includes three graphic novels.

Book 1: I Reported (focus on gender non-conforming inmates) February 2014
Book 2: Don't Touch Me (for male inmates) April 2014
Book 3: The Barter (for female inmates) June 2014

While there are several story lines in each book and the novels might lend themselves to discussion with particular groups, they are useful for discussions and training any group of inmates. Though not intended for this purpose, we have also learned that many jurisdictions are using these materials to train correctional staff as well.

The FAQ about the intended use, methodology for producing these graphic novels and target audiences is coming soon

Requests for permission to use and make copies of any part of these publications can be made to: endsilence@wcl.american.edu.

Resident Education (Juvenile Settings)

http://www.wcl.american.edu/endsilence/images/BillySpeaksOutcover_Page_01_000.jpgEND SILENCE: Youth Speaking Up about Sexual Abuse in Custody is a series of graphic novels for youth in custodial settings. These graphic novels are intended to educate youth in custody about how to identify and address incidents of sexual assault. 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 youth of all literacy levels. These novels can be used to fulfill the Resident Education standard 115.333 of the Prison Rape Elimination Act National Standards.

These graphic novels are a first step in reaching out to youth in juvenile justice settings in order to help them identify, address, and respond to incidents of sexual abuse by staff or other youth. We hope that it will deepen the dialogue about strategies to eliminate sexual abuse of youth in custody. The graphic novels are intended to be “stand alone” material to orient and educate youth about the issue of sexual abuse in custodial settings. We also hope it provokes discussions with and between youth.

Book 1: Billy Speaks Out (for male youth age 14-18) Feb 2012
Book 2: Shelia's Dilemma (for female youth age 14-18) April 2012
Book 3: Carlo's Question (focuses on sexual minority youth) May 2012
Book 4: Mary's Friend (for female youth age 10-13) July 2012
Book 5: Charlie's Report (for male youth age 10-13) July 2012

END SILENCE: Youth Speaking Up about Sexual Abuse in Custody A Facilitator's Guide

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Read the FAQ about the intended use, methodology for producing them and target audiences here.

We are happy that a number of jurisdictions are using these materials. We are requiring that jurisdictions that use them obtain our permission prior to using, reproducing or distributing these materials. Please send requests for use and any feedback to endsilence@wcl.american.edu.

Resident Education (Adult Community Corrections)

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