Refuge in the Black Deck

Refuge in the Black Deck

The Story of Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers

Book - 2017
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"Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers exposes ongoing harassment from her male colleagues, despite Canadian Forces' "zero-tolerance policy" and chronicles PTSD survival experience. When Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers boarded the HMCS Winnipeg in 2009, she was embarking on her first deployment with the Canadian Navy. At twenty-six years old, one of the few women on the boat and one of the top students in her training class, Nicola began her career with a sense of optimism and hope towards seeing the world and serving her country. Rather than finding the teamwork and belonging she had hoped for, Nicola endured constant sexualization by the men she worked with. Along with the rigors of an intense military training process, she also faced sexual harassment and mistreatment from her superiors, meanwhile bound by rigid hierarchies and the physical distance between home and life at sea. Socially isolated, Nicola's only refuge, at times, was hiding in the black deck, a dark and cramped area of the ship that no one visits unless they absolutely have to. Refuge in the Black Deck is about physical and emotional strength, the failures of the justice system in the face of sexual harassment, and the harmful effects of trauma that continue even after having left the site of the experience."--
Publisher: Halfmoon Bay, BC :, Caitlin Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781987915433
Branch Call Number: 355.1334 PEF
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Black deck


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