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Panel Presentation at UN Commission of the Status of Women 61st Session - A Canadian Experience: Discrimination in law on non-State torture negates human right equality, social justice & inclusion of victimized women & girls.

Fact Sheet on Non-State Torture and Sustainable Development Goals.

Speech on Prostitution by Laurence Rossignal, Minisiter of Families, Childhoods and Women's Rights from France.

Seeking Equality - Justice and Women's and Girls' Human Right Not to Be Subjected to Non-State Torture is a chapter we just had published in a new book Women, Law and Culture Conformity Contradiction and Conflict edited by Jocelynne Scutt. You can purchase this chapter for $29.95.

Jeanne's just published in Journal of Human Trafficking - Review of Human Trafficking: Contexts and Connections to Conventional Crime  Edited by Joan A. Reid. Oxon, UK, and New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 150 pages. ISBN: 978-1-138-65285-9, $155.00 (hardcover) Jeanne Sarson pages 1-3 Published online: 10 February 2017.

Motion M-47-  Public Health Effects of Violent and Degrading Sexually Exolicit Material on Children, Women and Men.

Our brief in response to Motion M-47 - Victimizing Effects On Those Forcedly Pornogrofied And Harmed  From The Other Side Of The Camera By Family Based Exploiters. 

Letter to MP Bill Casey about Bill C-242.



Support letter for Motion 47 - public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men.

There Is No Public Safety For Children When Their Torture by Non-State Actors Is Legally Unnamed, Invisibilizing Them As Persons In Specific Need For Protection

UN Women Consultation on Human Rights and Sex Work, The Sex Trade and Prostitution: A Canadian Perspective

Response to Five Questions posed by the Special Rapportuer on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

Response to UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Pratice

Our submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its Study on Violence against Young Women and Girls in Canada: Truth-Telling Best Practices for Engaging Men and Boys in Addressing and Preventing Violence against Young Women and Girls. 

Report of the High Commissioner on Human Rights for Civil Society and our submission


Bill C-242

Update: Bill C-242 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture)

Correcting Misinformation given by Depart. of Justice and Criminal Lawyers' Assoc. to Standing Committee

CFUW Update to Bill C-242

Testimony (text) by Linda and Jeanne regarding Bill C-242 to the Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights (1220 mins)

Testimony (video) by Linda and Jeanne for Bill C-242 to the Standing Committe of Justice and Human Rights (starts at 12:24:35) 

herizons Magazine Summer 2016 - New Bill Takes Aim At Domestic Violence

Article in Canadian Nurse journal: Champions for the cause

A Brief in Support of Bill C-242 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Inflicting Torture)

Sign this petition to support B C-242

The fight against non state torture

Truro human rights advocates thrilled to see torture bill tabled in Ottawa

Video of MP Peter Fragiskotas reading Private Members Bill on Torture in Private Spehere

Text of the Private Member's Bill on Torture in the Private Sphere

No One Shall Be Subjected to Torture by Non-State Actors


Feminism in London Conference (FiL) Report.

Non-State Torture explained at FiL - video

Interview (podcast) with Robin Morgan, Women's Media Center Live - starts 16:35 mins in. Original Airdate 9/26/2015.


This pamphlet Non-State Torture Inflicted in Prostitution is an one-pager, 2-sided, triple folded to appear like this image.

Fact Sheet: Torture in the Private Sphere 

Jeanette Westbrook's song about Amnesty International's policy on prostitution - All Night Wrong

Advocacy letter calling for non-State torture to be included in the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes, sent September 10, 2015. 

Advocacy Fact Sheet

Speaking at Feminism in London, England Conference Oct 24, 2015: Speaking Out Against Non-State Torture Victimization.

Speaking at 2 day conference on September 14th & 15th, 2015 by London Abused Women's Centre: CHOICES-Providing informed choices and support to prostituted and sex trafficked women and girls.

Press Release: related to Amnesty International's voting yes to support prostitution.

Song about Amnesty's policy and lyrics.

Jeanne's submission to the U.S. Department of State request for information for the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

Letter to Amnesty International Canada about their draft policy on prostitution (2015).

Truro women receive International Relations Award

E-Book of 4th International Conference on the Survivors of Rape, Lisbon, Portugal - pages 66-72 is Jeanne and my presentation, "Women's Voices: Repetitive Non-State Torture (NST) Rapes, Its Impact and Reclaiming Relationship with Self". Photo Journal

Our submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Consultation - How to create and maintain civil society space?

Summary Civil Society Hearing  - 24th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at UN Vienna

Eliminate Torture in the Private Sphere - side event paper presented at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal (CCPCJ) Justice at the UN in Vienna, May 19, 2015.

Austrian Report - written by Jeanne about our time at the UN in Vienna at the CCPCJ.

A Feminist Statement On The CSW, UN Women, Human Rights & The Non-State Torture (NST) Of Women & Girls

We presented on the following three panels at the CSW:

1. Non-State Torture & Violence against Women & Girls

2. Stop Femicide! States' obligations and the role of women's NGOs presenting how women when tiny children were conditioned to commit suicide if they told which is a form of femicide, and

3. The Necessity of the Nordic Model from SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling For Enlightment) Global Survivors Speak and spoke about NST victimization when children suffer sexualized trafficking and that non-State torture is inflicted against women and girls prostituted.

Nova Scotia pair puts domestic torture on global radar


Hidden Horrors - CBC Radio program Atlantic Voice podcast aired Sunday June 1, 2014 @0830 AT.

Two NS Advocates Pushing for Domestic Torture Recognized as Crime

Torture in Middle Class Neighborhoods - Information Morning CBC Radio May 28, 2014.

NS Woman Tortured for Years by Her Family

Domestic Torture Should be a Crime Advocates Say



Submission to the Select Committee re Statutes Amendment (Decriminalization of Sex Work) Bill, Parliament House, Adelaide, Australia.

Submission to Ms. Jean Urquhart, MSP on Proposal of new law, Prostitution Law Reform (scotland) Bill, Edinburgh, U.K.

Canadian Advocates for the Nordic Model (CANM) Letter to Amnesty International Canada sent Oct 4, 2015 with 47 signatures.

Pimps & Johns: In-house Sexualized Torture of Prostituted Women and Girls is always potentially Life-threatening Brief by Jeanne Sarson & Linda MacDonald submitted to the Standing Senate Committee of Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson speaking, along with Trisha Baptie, Larissa Crack, Heather Dukes and others at the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights hearings on Bill C-36 and prostitution. CPAC video

Written Transcript of Evidence given by Jeanne Sarson & Linda MacDonald at Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights Hearings on Bill C-36 on Prostitution.

Brief by Jeanne Sarson & Linda MacDonald submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights for the Hearimgs on Bill C-C36 related to Prostitution.

Jeanne Sarson reflecting on the outcomes of she & Linda MacDonald and others speaking about non-State torture and prostitution at the Standing Committee of Justice & Human Rights hearings on Bill C-36 in Ottawa the week of July 7-10, 2014.

Op-Ed Transformative Bill C-36 voices importance of protecting human dignity and equality

Prostitution, Bill C-36 & Human Rights Education CFUW Advocacy Minutes at the CFUW AGM by Linda MacDonald & Jeanne Sarson CFUW Truro Chapter.

Letter to Amnesty International Canada - 2014 letter regarding Amnesty's proposed policy on prostitution. (en français)

Bill C-36 Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

Petition to lobby for Nordic Model In Canada.

Open letter with over 800 signatures supporting Nordic Model for prostitution in Canada.

Screening of NFB documentary Buying Sex in Truro NS on April 26 @ 7:30 pm at the Marigold Cultural CentreFree Admission. Panel discussion afterwards. More info.

Truro Daily News article April 21, 2014 on the Buying Sex documentary screening.

Our letter about prostitution to Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.



These are two-sided triple fold pamphlets:

1. 'Classic' Non-State Torture

2. Sexualized Torture & Human Trafficking Did you know these happen in the home? Spanish translation: Tortura Sexualizada y Trata de Personas ¿sabías que suceden en la casa?

3. Sexualized torture & Child 'Pornographic' Exploitation Did you know these happen in the home?


Drawing Copyright D. MacDonald 2009

Blog Posts

Mar 24, 2016
Linda and I have just returned from presenting on a parallel event panel during the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  The panel was titled, The world's Oldest Oppression: Violence and Torture Against Women a…
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Sep 27, 2015
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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL The Amnesty International’s draft policy passed a resolution on “sex work”.  In effect, legitimatizing prostitution as the work of women and I will also add of girls because most women who are in prostitution suffered various f…
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Category: , patriarchy

Oct 08, 2014
To MPs:Joy Smith, joy.smith@parl.gc.caBob Dechert, bob.dechert@parl.gc.caStella Ambler, Stella.Ambler@parl.gc.ca , and Françoise Boivin, francoise.boivin@parl.gc.ca I write to each of you because you were on the House of Commons Standing …
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Category: , Criminal Code,

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