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1 THE BANALIZATION OF TORTURE: DOES LANGUAGE MATTER? Elizabeth Sheehy

2 R V WHYNOT (STAFFORD) (NSCA 1983) Trial Evidence CA summary of 17 days of evidence  Billy Stafford fired guns at her head, missing by inches  Knocked her unconscious  Raped her when she had just given birth and undergone a hysterectomy  Put a leash around her neck and forced her to have intercourse with a dog  Made her watch as he force fed her toddler his own vomit

3 R V KONDEJEWSKI (MANITOBA QB 1998) Defence evidenceCrown response  Kim slapped, punched, kicked, raped, had gun “dry-fired” at her head, humiliated constantly as “fat” “ugly”, “lazy”: “not worth her rations”  Brain-washed into attempting suicide 3x “for the good of the family”  Forced to participate in pornographic photos and intercourse with another man

4 R V GETKATE (ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT 1998) TestimonyPsychiatric expert’s interpretation  Maury had dragged Lilian upstairs by the hair, held her over the top of the stairs, threatening to drop her, fired guns at her after spinning the chamber, pinned her to the floor with his knee in her back, and woke her in the night with his hands of her throat, telling her that he knew how to kill her by pressing the right spots.

5 R V GETKATE (ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT 1998) TestimonyCrown description  Maury raped her with a dildo that he had first made her insert in his anus, without cleaning it; he seemed to get more pleasure if she struggled; he raped her in front of her daughter’s bedroom door, telling her “he was going to fuck her like a dog”  Maury raped her on the ledge of the 5 th floor of a parking garage, as she faced down

6 ABORIGINAL WOMEN TestimonyCrown description  Gladys Heavenfire: “She had bruises on her cheeks, on her forehead, and black eyes, had this every time I saw her”  Donelda Kay: “She lost her sense of self …her identity as a result of being so severely hurt. Just knowing the history, I would predict she’d be dead by now”

7 ABORIGINAL WOMEN TestimonyCrown description  Denise Robin Rain: “He was throwing her around, just everywhere, just throwing her into walls and being real brutal to her…Her neck kept snapping back and the noise was really loud”  Jamie Tanis Gladue: Reuben Beaver had been convicted of assaulting her while she was pregnant; observed pushing him away, “leave me alone”, bruised and threatened

8 JOHN LOCKE 1697:  “He who attempts to get another Man into his Absolute Power, does thereby put himself into a State of War with him; it being understood as a Declaration of a Design upon his Life”

9 R V MARGARET ANN MALOTT (ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT 1991)

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11 TORTURE

12 THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL AND INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT

13 GENERAL COMMENT NO 2, PARA 18

14 WHY NAME TORTURE?

15 THE CHALLENGE OF NAMING TORTURE

16 FUTURE DIRECTIONS

17 R V PAXTON (FEBRUARY 2012)

18 COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE (CAT) GENEVA MAY 2012

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