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Murder of 20-year-old student sparks protests, social media campaign among Turkish women

**Trigger warning for descriptions of violence**

Women in Turkey are protesting and sharing their stories of sexual harassment on Twitter following the attempted rape and murder of a 20-year-old student.

The family of Ozgecan Aslan, a student at Cag University in the southern province of Mersin, contacted police after she went missing on Wednesday. Her body was later found in a river in Mersin on Friday, reportedly with stab wounds and signs of burning.

According to local media reports, which quoted leaked testimonies of suspects, a 26-year-old minibus driver allegedly tried to rape Aslan, who was the last passenger in the vehicle he was driving. He allegedly stabbed and clubbed her to death after she resisted the attack.

Women have taken to social media to share their own stories of harassment. Themes of modifying behavior and pretending to be involved with men in order to prevent/avoid harassment were common among women sharing their stories, and echo experiences of other women around the world.

Women across Turkey used the hashtags to share experiences of public harassment, as well as incidents within the family, from adolescence through to adulthood.

Many said their lives were restricted by harassment and that they had to take precautions to avoid it, such as dressing more conservatively and carrying pepper spray.

Some said they have had to alter their routes on the street and get off public transportation to avoid harassment. Others said they have had to seek refuge in cafes and shops to avoid stalkers.

Tweets said some women talk to imaginary men to create the impression there is a male in the apartment when there are delivery men at the door. There were also tweets from women who said they wear fake wedding rings in some social environments, particularly work, to avoid harassment.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who sparked outrage with his assertion that gender equality is against nature, addressed the incident in a speech on Monday, saying, “I will personally follow the case so that they will be given the heaviest penalty. I am already following the case. Violence against women is the bleeding wound of our country.”

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How NOT to be a Harasser

An oldie but a goodie (and just in time for Valentine’s Day), Holly Kearl discusses how NOT to be  a harasser when approaching someone in a public space:

While perhaps obvious, the most important factor is treating the person with respect. Do not use insults or sexually objectifying language. A hello, smile or gender-neutral small talk that does not include comments about their appearance (at least, not right away) are rarely going to offend anyone and can open up the door to further conversation. Avoid familiar terms like “baby”, “honey” or “love”. While some people may not find that offensive, many do.

Make sure there is consent in your interaction. Does their body language, including eye contact (not lack thereof), and tone of voice indicate they want to interact with you, too? If you are unsure, you can always ask, is it OK if I talk to you?

Consider if the context might make them feel uncomfortable if you approach them. For example, is it dark out or a deserted area? Are you larger or older than them? Are you with friends while they are alone? If any of these factors apply, be aware that they may feel a little unsafe or unsure if you approach. So make it clear that you mean no harm and then leave them alone if they look uncomfortable.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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From One Guy to Another: Street Harassment is Not Okay, and Here’s Why

There’s a great piece over at Medium that talks about street harassment and discusses (and intelligently dismisses) the many arguments that men (and some women) make to justify street harassment.

Guys, I’d like you to imagine a single drop of water, clinging to the lip of a faucet. It falls. Plink. It’s just a second in time, a natural moment playing out. Now imagine tying someone to a chair, positioning them under that same faucet, and watching as an endless stream of drops fall against their forehead—some would call that repetition torture. Something as simple as a drop of water can be cruel. Keep that in mind as you consider what it must be like to be harassed on the street.

Like tens of millions of other people, I watched the recent viral video, Ten Hours of Walking In New York City. Created by filmmaker, Rob Bliss, (who had full editorial control) and donated it as fan art in support of theHollaback Project, the video was a demonstration of what it’s like to be a woman in Manhattan who chooses to enter the public space of the sidewalk. In a ten-hour stretch, a young woman by the name of Shoshana Roberts is harassed over 100 times. And that’s just one day of her life in New York. Imagine five days, two weeks, a month of days like that … the constant harassment could drive a woman mad. If not mad, it would certainly change how she interacted with dudes and her environment. How could it not?

This is what a lot of men don’t understand about street harassment. It’s not rare. It’s not harmless. It’s a willful use of social power that reduces women to a form of amusement or objects of sexual gratification. It’s predicated upon the presumption that this is a man’s world. May James Brown forgive me, but that’s just not true. It’s our world. Yours, mine, hers, theirs … it’s everybody’s world. That’s why street harassment is indefensible. It limits one’s freedom. As dudes, we generally dislike it when anyone tells us what to do — imagine if strange men were telling you what they wanted to do to you. Every day.

There’s a lot more great stuff in the piece, so be sure to head over to Medium and read the rest of it.

 

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Women Shut Down Harassment with Song Lyrics

A few days ago, Chicago resident Olivia Cole took the Orange Line on her way to work when she witnessed another woman getting harassed on the train. The guy was pretty persistent in his attempts to get her number/give her his number. Then something awesome happened. Check out this Storify for the whole story. Trust us, it’s awesome.

 

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