In 1986, at the age of 21, Jill Saward was raped by a gang of men in her father’s vicarage in Ealing, west London. Days after the attack, her photograph was published on the front page of the Sun newspaper, with just a thin line to cover her eyes. And her case continued to attract widespread coverage when the judge claimed Saward's trauma ‘had not been so great’.
But Saward refused to be beaten, devoting the rest of her life to tirelessly and courageously campaigning against sexual assault. Over the years, her work influenced changes to policy and attitudes to rape. And in 1990, she became the first rape survivor to choose to waive her right to anonymity with the publication of her book, Rape: My Story. Hailed as a ‘hero of our times’, Saward gave hope to victims of sexual violence worldwide.
Following her death on January 5, 2017, at the age of 51, we thought it only right to celebrate Saward’s life and work with a Scribituary; an illustrated and animated form of the obituary; a tribute to her remarkable work, which will forever stand for strength and courage in the face of sexual violence. The Guardian's obituary of Jill Saward gives more detail.
At Scriberia, we are always seeking new methods of visual storytelling, and through our Scribituaries - which have taken many forms over the years - we've given ourselves the ultimate challenge in conveying complex narratives with the subtlety and sensitivity they require. To see the rest of this series, head to our YouTube channel.