Sexual Assault Victims Perception of and Attitude Toward the Assault-Related Institutions in Turkey

Altay Y.

EuroCrim 2019 Ghent - 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Ghent, Belgium, 18 - 21 September 2019, pp.338-339

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ghent
  • Country: Belgium
  • Page Numbers: pp.338-339
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Sexual assault is a phenomenon that might create feelings such as shame, guilt, alienation. These feelings may also cause several traumas on victims. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common condition after traumatic experiences and shows its effects in both personal and social areas. It is vital for the post-traumatic period how the victims are treated in the process of seeking help. This study aims to reveal the attitudes of the survivors toward their experiences in the institutions (e.g., police station, health centre, court, prosecution office) and their perceptions of these institutions. Furthermore, the gathered data gives a chance to introduce new policies in order to turn the institutions into victim-friendly ones. The study is qualitative research, and it uses a purposeful sampling technique. It has carried out in Istanbul. Face to face in-depth interview is chosen as a method of data collection, to obtain data it uses semi structured interview form. The study focuses on four central aspects: how the victim defines the assault; their experiences in the aftermath of the attack, their perceptions of the institutions, the problems that they are faced within the process.