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Women Unsilenced explores the impact of unthinkable violence committed against women and girls through multiple perspectives—women’s recall of life-threatening ordeals of torture, human trafficking, and organized crime, society’s failure to recognize and address such crimes, and close examinations of how justice, health, political, and social systems perpetuate revictimizing trauma. Written by retired public health nurses who include their own experiences helped give voice and understanding to women who have been silenced. This book discloses their “underground” caring work and offers “kitchen table” research and insights, using women’s storytelling on multiple platforms to educate readers on the unimaginable layers of perpetrators’ modus operandi of violence, manipulation, and deceit.

Published by FriesenPress.  

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What is Non-State Torture(NST)?

Non-State torture (NST) is torture committed in the private or domestic sphere. For instance, NST is committed by parents, spouses, other kin, guardians, neighbours, trusted adults, strangers, human traffickers, johns, pimps, or pornographers in various public and private places.

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Many people across the globe have endured non-State torture. However, few countries have enacted laws addressing torture committed by private individuals and groups.

Our activism involves working to have non-State torture named as a human rights crime, support in healing for victimized persons, an end to their social exclusion, discrimination and stigmatisation, and eventual prevention of NST.

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The Patriarchal “Non-State Torture War” Against Women and Girls"

The extensive global reality of the many forms of non-State torture victimizations that are being perpetrated against women and girls...


Newly Published Journal Article

In the peer reviewed journal Oñati Socio-legal Series, v. 8, n. (2018)  No Longer Invisible: Families that Torture, Traffic , and Exploit their Girl Child

UN CSW Panel

In March 2017, we presented at the 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.

G7 France 2019

Jeanne and Linda with other feminists in Paris in May 2019 at the Feminist Summit advocating for women's equality to be brought to the G7 Leaders.


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Nova Scotia   May 6, 2019

Why 2 N.S. advocates want people to start recognizing torture in their communities

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Our Research

Are you a person who has survived non-State torture?

People frequently ask how they can help. Completing any of the questionnaires in this section helps our research and writing to break the silence on non-State torture that perpetrators inflict in the private or domestic sphere.