Torture: Say It. | Center for Victims of Torture

Torture: Say It.

Torture. The word alone evokes unimaginable suffering.

Some people avoid using it altogether--often because the word makes them uncomfortable. Other times, perpetrators are covering up the truth. They rely on euphemisms to downplay the severity of its meaning.

Waterboarding, for example. Enhanced interrogation.

No matter which phrases society chooses to hide behind, these simple facts remain: Torture is happening. Torture’s pervasive. Torture needs to stop.

Avoiding the word “torture” enables torture--it doesn't make it go away. Confronting it, denouncing it and holding its perpetrators accountable does. 

So speak up.  Call it what it is. Say “torture,” say the truth.

Say Torture, Reject Torture

Don't be afraid of the word "Torture." Stand up and call it what is. Your voice on this issue NOW is critical.

Say it. Keep saying it. Then join prominent leaders in national security, foreign policy, the faith community and military in rejecting torture unequivocally and without exception.

Tell our fellow Americans and public officials that you reject torture absolutely.

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