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Healthy Revenge: Catching the RATs

By Jeanne Sarson | Dec 11, 2011

Did you know that rats can manipulate themselves physically? I didn’t. That is, not until I read RATS Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, by Robert Sullivan.[1] Rats have the ability to…

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Thrills of Participating in High Risk Rituals

By Jeanne Sarson | Nov 14, 2011

Last week as I stood over my kitchen sink washing my dishes I was multitasking—washing dishes, cleaning up my kitchen and watching the program Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel which got me into thinking. The TV program had caught…

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Tabooization: Translated it Means a Social “Shut Up”

By Jeanne Sarson | Oct 20, 2011

I am adding this word ‘tabooization’ to my language. Because, in my opinion, it reinforces gender-based oppression; it is used to silence persons who have suffered sexualized victimization. In effect, tabooization sends socio-cultural and…

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“Show Girls”: Words that Carry Meanings of Misogyny

By Jeanne Sarson | Oct 3, 2011

Every September morning that Linda and I walked down heavily worn thick stone steps of the hostel that housed our six day stay in Poland, I wondered about the peoples whose ancient footsteps had carved such indented pathways that now led us onto the…

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What's Wrong with This Statement?

By Jeanne Sarson | Jul 4, 2011

What is wrong with the wording “having sex with a 2- to 3-month-old baby” that is in a newspaper article describing an U.S. Army major accused of raping an infant? This is the question I want to shout out at the world of media reporting.…

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Torturing and Father’s Day

By Jeanne Sarson | Jun 21, 2011

At first glance this title may seem like an oxymoron but it is not. Now, several days after Father’s Day there will be store employees lifting Father’s Day cards from their display slots, maybe packing them away until next…

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Torture Survival: Its Impact on Coping with Mammograms

By Jeanne Sarson | Apr 28, 2011

Yesterday, I listened to Sara's message on my answering machine.[1] She was asking who she could contact to try to explain why mammogram technicians need sensitivity education so they would become aware of the impact forced nakedness can have on…

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Breaking the Silence About “Snuff”

By Jeanne Sarson | Apr 5, 2011

Torture ‘porn’ Images Do Exist News reports talking about a recently released book about the violent brutal acts Col. Russell Williams inflicted against women suggests that negating child ‘pornography’ charges were…

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UN & CSW New York 2011

By Jeanne Sarson | Apr 5, 2011

This year Linda and I attended the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, at the UN in New York City, from 22 February to the 4th March. If you are wondering how many people, mostly women, attend from all over the world,…

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Jeanne Sarson

As a writer my focus is on sharing the supportive and research work that began for Linda and I in August of 1993 when a woman ‘introduced’ us to the reality of the torture victimization she suffered, that was inflicted by private individuals or ‘non-state actors’. Linda and I hold a relational feminist and human rights perspective so my writings reflect this position, as does the editing that Linda and I do. Being entrusted with person’s victimization knowledge and healing work our goal also includes sharing their voices in our articles.

Without this participatory partnership we could not break the global patriarchal socio-cultural resistance that has silenced the existence of the many forms of non-state torture (NST) victimization that can be/are inflicted from birth. Writings share our wisdom and focuses on gaining the human rights of victimized persons not to be subjected to torture, and to assert the necessity that NST must be specifically and distinctly criminalized in all nations on this planet.