- What is NST?
- Who We Are
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.
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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.
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.
The extensive global reality of the many forms of non-State torture victimizations that are being perpetrated against women and girls...
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
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.
We have co-authored with Jackie Jones a chapter in this book entitled, How Non-State Torture is Gendered and Invisibilized: Canada's Non-Compliance with the Committee Against Torture's Recommendations, which starts on page 33.