‘1400’ is a new graphic novel about a young girl dealing with the aftermath of traumatic rape and abuse. Written and illustrated by Jag Lall, the message of the story is to empower victims of abuse to raise their voice and to not keep their horrific ordeals hidden.
- Aimed towards being used as an educational tool in schools and by organisations working with survivors of sexual abuse
- The story aims to help young people discuss difficult topics like rape and abuse
- Gritty and expressive artwork merged with the narrative brings an engaging and important story to the fold
- A unique take on a timely and serious issue
- With the young girl being a Sikh, ‘1400’ raises extra awareness of the subject in the Sikh community
Description from book’s press release:
‘1400’ is a hard hitting story created with sensitivity and care of an emotive subject matter. We delve into the inner psyche of young Sharanjeet, whose life is turned upside down after the ordeal of being raped. The feelings of despair, horror, isolation and anger all swirl within Sharanjeet who struggles to tell her parents of the horrific trauma she suffered at the hands of the monsters. Will Sharanjeet be able to empower the courage within and raise her voice or will the fear and turmoil consume her to silence? Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham and Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence stated that ‘1400’ is “Beautifully – if terrifyingly – drawn. This will really be something that could help young people.”
Jag Lall’s first graphic novel, ‘Death’s Door: Ignorance Likes Company’, is an anti-racism story which has been used in schools in England and Canada.