Turkey’s parliament stripped independent lawmaker Tuma Çelik's immunity from prosecution, a move that paves the way for him to stand trial with regards to rape charges. Çelik was expelled from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in July.
The head of the state-run Turkey Human Rights and Equality Institution (TIHEK) defended underage marriages, and said that they should be differentiated from sexual assault. "People shouldn't be tried over shameful crimes just because they got married young," Süleyman Arslan said.
The family of a 12-year-old rape survivor have been receiving threats from the Islamic cult whose leader they reported for sexual assault, the child's father said. While the house is placed under police surveillance, the cult have told the father he "betrayed" them for reporting the assault on his daughter.
Turkey's Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that a woman's right to protection was violated when courts dragged on an abortion proceeding, resulting in the woman having to give birth. The woman had been petitioning to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from a sexual assault she survived as a minor.
Clinical psychologist Murat Paker was convicted on charges of sexual assault against one of his patients in 2019. “In the trial, some of his colleagues displayed tremendous solidarity with the defendant," said lawyer Esra Baş Erbaş. Figures in academia who doubted the validity of the victim's claims should engage in a process of self-criticism, lawyer Hülya Gülbahar argued.
A woman died in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir after witnessing a sexual assault on her daughter for several times. The rape survivor insists her mother's death was suspicious and says no legal action has been taken regarding her lawsuit despite her report of four cousins' systematic abuse.
A children's tale in Turkey was slammed by a columnist for using storylines and expressions that normalize rape and violence. A child psychologist noted that reading this content would normalize violence in children's minds.
Parliament commission calls for lifting of former HDP MP Çelik’s immunity over sexual assault claims
A Turkish Parliament commission on Aug. 24 penned a report suggesting the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of former HDP lawmaker Tuma Çelik, who faces allegations of raping a woman. The general assembly of Parliament will later vote to decide whether to strip Çelik of his immunity, paving the way for his prosecution.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) observed dozens of deaths caused by rights violations in the first six months of 2020. Fourteen women were killed by men, two inmates died in prison and three law enforcement officers were found dead under suspicious conditions in the southeast.
Hale Gönültaş reports: A Yazidi woman who has been in captivity since 2014 was rescued from a home in Ankara. Abducted by an ISIS member in Iraq, the young woman was trafficked, eventually being tracked down by a family member.
A Turkish public prosecutor ruled sexual assault threats against journalist Nevşin Mengü, politician Canan Kaftancıoğlu, lawyer Feyza Altun and actress Berna Laçin were "harsh criticism." The court said they didn't have legal grounds to prosecute the defendant for making a threat.
Good Party (İYİ Parti) leader Meral Akşener said that the sexual harassment of Başak Demirtaş on social media, wife of former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was caused by the government's indifference toward such crimes. Noting that crimes of such nature wouldn't stop until the government took a clear stance against it, Akşener urged President Erdoğan to take action.
Some 215 women’s rights organizations started a campaign that urges parliament to eliminate all amnesty bills that could pardon sexual offenders of minors before they enter their summer break. Although there are currently no amnesty bills targeting this demographic, the platform of women’s organizations say that they find politicians’ comments that one will be drafted soon "concerning."
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) filed complaints about social media trolls who made sexual assault threats to CHP Istanbul Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu. The comments against Kaftancıoğlu came after she defended Başak Demirtaş, the wife of jailed former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş, who had just been the target of similar attacks.
Aynur Tekin reports: Seventy two criminal complaints have been filed against Burak Özdemir, a man residing in the Mediterranean province of Mersin, for blackmailing, threatening and sexually assaulting women after hacking into their social media accounts. In spite of the numerous complaints, Özdemir is not currently behind bars.