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Torture Victimization—Child to Adult: Flashbacks and Connection With First Responders  

Author:  Jeanne  Sarson, M.Ed, BSN, RN.; Linda  MacDonald, M.Ed., BN, RN.

Source: Volume 06, Number 03, Winter 2014 , pp.47-56(10)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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“The damage that is intentionally and purposefully inflicted by non-State torturers against their victims’ personhood may extend to the point where they do not even perceive themselves as human beings any longer.” This sums up the heinous impacts of interpersonal violence in which victims are tortured repeatedly, often in a sexualized manner, by members of families, organized groups, or institutions. As difficult a topic as this will be for many readers, authors Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the most extreme forms of abuse, which they rightly conceptualize here as torture.

Keywords: United Nations (UN) Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT); gender component; non-State torture (NST); perceptions of self; global reality of gender-based NST victimization; sexualized ritualism

Affiliations:  1: writer and researcher; 2: human rights defender.

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