Little Red Hood by Priya Huq uses a well-known folktale to talk about child sexual abuse. When Little Red Hood loses her mother, a wolf finds her, and offers to protect her. The wolf’s “protection” quickly becomes a trap, and Little Red Hood has to try to free herself.
Through a beautiful children’s book aesthetic, Priya expresses the vulnerability of children, and the isolation abuse can cause, when those you trust for protection betray and violate you. The metaphor and narrative ambiguity of the story encourage the reader to sit with the discomfort of the comic’s subject.
Content warning: This comic talks about child sexual abuse through metaphors, there are resources for survivors in the back of the comic:
- Rape Abuse and Incest National Network rainn.org
- NCTSN Resources nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/sexual-abuse/nctsn-resources