According to reports bianet compiled from local and national newspapers, news websites and agencies, men killed at least 31 women; raped 13; harassed 17; sexually abused 28 girls; inflicted violence on 32 women in October.
In the first 10 months of 2017, men killed at least 240 women and girls; raped 77 women; harassed 207; sexually abused 286 girls; inflicted violence on 338 women.
Men killed at least 31 women in October. Two of the murdered women were refugee. 26% of the femicides occurred at public places such as in front of a courthouse, at a bus stop or in the middle of the street in the public eye.
|Other than these 31 femicides, perpetrators of three femicides are yet to be identified. A woman who was subjected to systematical violence by her daughter's husband and his family in Urfa, and a trans woman arrested in Isparta allegedly committed suicide.|
32% of women have been killed by men whom they attempted to divorce or break up; 6% by men whom their daughters attempted to divorce.
One woman was killed despite a restraining order. A woman staying in a women’s shelter was killed in front of the Social Policies Provincial Directorate. Two women were killed within the day or week of the end of the restraining order.
35% of the women were killed by their husbands.
Two women were killed by their fathers; two by their husbands whom they attempted to divorce; one by her brother; one by human traffickers; one by her husband’s sister; one by her son; one by her friend; one by a harasser; three by their ex-husbands; one by her husband of religious marriage; 16 by their husbands of official marriage.
52% of the murders were committed with firearms. Tools such as hammer, saw, cable, axe were among the murder weapons used in October.
16 women were killed with firearms; one with saw; one with hammer; one with axe; seven with knife; two by being choked; one by being choked with cable; one by slit in throat; one by an object.
Two women were killed in their cars.
Three of the murderers had been convicted due to various crimes they committed in the past. One man left the prison on permission and committed murder.
Three men committed suicide in the wake of the murders.
The cities where the murders occurred are Adana (1), Afyon (1), Antalya (3), Antep (1), Aydın (1), Bolu (1), Düzce (1), Elazığ (1), Isparta (1), İstanbul (6), Kars (1), Kastamonu (1), Kilis (2), Kocaeli (1), Manisa (2), Mersin (1), Tekirdağ (2), Yozgat (2), Zonguldak (2).
The bianet Male Violence Monitoring Report only covers women who lost their lives as a direct result of male violence. We do not take non-gender based crimes into account.
Throughout the year, we keep track of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths of women in separate monthly tallies but do not add them to the number presented in the headline. We then esearch these cases to determine if the crimes were gender-based. If so, they are included in the end-of-year tally.
We include suicide or suicide attempt incidents in the tally if only the woman was subjected to violence/systematical violence in her past. We cover these suicide incident in a separate category. Besides, we don't include the femicide news reports that the woman is not directly targeted if the incident is not gender based.
13 rape incidents were covered by the media in October.
Two of the raped women were with disabilities.
Two of the rapists had been convicted of similar crimes in the past; one other escaped from prison and raped.
Three of the women were raped by male strangers; two by their neighbors; one by her husband; one by her boyfriend whom she attempted to break up; one by her relative; one by a thief breaking into her house; one by her employer; one by a male she knew from the neighborhood; one by her son’s friend; one by her husband’s son.
Seven rapists were arrested and only two of them were detained. Four of the incidents were reported in the media.
The cities where rape incidents occurred are Adana (1), Ankara (2), Aydın (2), Bursa (1), Düzce (2), İstanbul (2), Kayseri (2), Kocaeli (1).
Sex work by force
25 women 24 of whom were citizens of Turkey were forced to sex work in October. 18 people including 14 men and four women who forced the women to sex work were captured. At least five men were arrested, one was released on probation. The legal proceeding about the other incidents wasn’t covered by the media.
At least 17 incidents of sexual harassment against women were reported in the media in October.
Three of the women were tourists; two were Syrian refugees. Only four of the 17 harassers were arrested.
Eight women were harassed by male strangers; one by her ex-husband’s friends; one by her house employer; one by a man she met on Internet; one by a mayor who tricked her on false promise of finding a job; one by chief at her workplace; one by a man she knew from the workplace; one by a man she knew from the neighborhood; one by a harasser man; one by her friend.
18% of the women were subjected to insistent pursuit; 12% to digital harassment; 6% to exhibitionism.
The cities where the harassment incidents occurred are Bolu (2), Diyarbakır (1), Erzurum (1), İstanbul (4), Kastamonu (1), Kütahya (1), Muğla (4), Samsun (1), Tekirdağ (1), Zonguldak (1).
28 girls were sexually abused in October. One of the abused girls was with disability.
18% of the girls were subjected to abuse at school, around the school and children’s education center; 43% at park; 7% in bus.
Two of the abuse incidents came to light thanks to children telling their teachers about it; two others by children telling their mothers.
One girl was sexually abused by her sports coach; one by her friend’s elder brother; one by her father; one by her trainer; one by her ex-boyfriend; two by canteen staff; one by her neighbor; one by a driver; 16 by male strangers. Two abusers are yet to be identified.
The cities where the child abuse incidents occurred are Afyon (1), Aydın (1), Bartın (1), Bolu (1), Edirne (1), İstanbul (2), İzmir (1), Manisa (2), Sakarya (1), Samsun (4), Tekirdağ (13).
Men inflicted violence on at least 32 women in October; six of these women were severely injured. 34% of the violence-injury incidents occurred at public places such as hospital, street, workplace and market.
Two of the women were subjected to violence despite restraining order.
9% of the women were subjected to violence by men whom they attempted to divorce.
Six assaulters were detained and released; one was released on probation; four were arrested; investigation warrant was issued for one who is a judge. One assaulter was killed by boyfriend of his ex-wife whom he assaulted. Legal proceedings about 19 assaulters weren’t reported in the media.
Two women were subjected to violence by their ex-husbands; one by the owner of her workplace; two by their brothers; 12 by their husbands; two by their clients; two by their sons; one by a police officer; two by their boyfriends; one by a harasser; one by a man she knew; four by male strangers.
18 women were battered; eight were injured with knife; two were battered with bat; two were taken hostage; one was attacked with cleaver and another was attacked with nitric acid.
One of the women who were subjected to violence was a sex worker.
The cities where violence-injury incidents occurred are Adana (1), Ankara (2), Antalya (5), Antep (2), Aydın (2), Bolu (1), Bursa (2), Çanakkale (1), Eskişehir (1), İstanbul (4), İzmir (1), Kilis (1), Kocaeli (1), Konya (1), Maraş (1), Muğla (2), Sakarya (1), Samsun (1), Sinop (1), Van (1). (ÇT/TK)