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