Too many torture scenes we see on the screen ignore the facts: torture can’t prove innocence, it’s ineffective, and its real purpose is often not to gather information, but to control people. When we watch torture scenes on the screen, we don’t see the destructive consequences to the lives of the victims, their families and communities. And we rarely see any consequences for the perpetrators who are breaking the law. When torture is portrayed in entertainment as an acceptable or effective interrogation tactic, people are misled to believe that it’s okay. It’s not.

Read an open letter here by Stanton Wood, CVT strategic initiatives officer and longtime writer, taking an in-depth look at the problems with depicting torture in popular entertainment.

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