Today my dining room has been turned into a doctor's surgery, Dr Frank Arnold from Medical Justice came down to examine some Brighton asylum seekers who claim to the victims of torture.
The point of torture isn't just extract information it is to degrade, humiliate and dehumanise. Rape or sodomisation, for both men and women goes along with burning, electricity, tearing, cutting or drilling of flesh and bone. The victims are so often so humiliated by their experiences that it is the last thing they want to admit to, they don't want to relive their experiences. The default position of those who recieve asyulum petitions is simply disbelief, the psychological effects of torture are a sense of isolation and depresssion, a continued sense of fear and vulnerability.
As you meditate on the suffering of Christ this Holy Week remember that night when he was left to the mercies of the Roman soldiers. The Gospels tell us of him being spat upon, struck with a reed, played with as a fool, crowned with thorns and flogged, I suspect much worst things happened to him than the Gospels dare to tell, pray for the victims of today, Christ is their brother.