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Note: This article is about a rack as a torture device. For other RACK meanings, see Risk Aware Consensual Kink.

A rack is a torture device consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame, slightly raised from the ground, with a roller at one or both ends. The victim's ankles are fastened to one roller and the wrists are chained to the other. As the interrogation progresses, a handle and ratchet attached to the top roller are used to very gradually stepwise increase the tension on the chains, inducing excruciating pain. By means of pulleys and levers this roller could be rotated on its own axis, thus straining the ropes until the sufferer's joints were dislocated and eventually separated.

Racks and corporal punishment[edit]

A naked man is fastened to a rack and birched. Historical illustration of an unknown artist.

A rack, or pseudo-rack-like replica, can also be used as a kind of bondage table for corporal punishment and BDSM play with a "torture chamber"/"dungeon" feel.

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