Unsilencing Non-State Torture

18 May, 2022

Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are human-right defenders, feminist activists, and independent scholars with many published works, and grass root supporters of women who have survived non-State torture (NST), trafficking, and sexualized exploitation perpetrated within intimate relationships. Their work, which began in 1993, includes developing NST victimization-traumatization informed care. Co-founders of Persons Against Non-State Torture (NST), they work to have NST acknowledged as a distinct human rights crime. Hearing from women in Canada and around the world who have been prostituted, exploited pornographically, as well as NST victimized,  contributed to their participatory research. They develop resources, offer educational presentations nationally and internationally, and since 2004 have participated in NGO panel presentations at the United Nations in New York, Geneva, and Vienna. Their book, WOMEN UNSILENCED: Our Refusal To Let Torturer-Traffickers Win, will be released this s