Dear followers, the fifth issue of our e-bulletin covers the information about our activities, events and materials throughout the second half of 2018.
We hope that the new year will be a year in which the rights advocates will yield results from their activities of struggle…

“Ne Var Ne Yok?!” (“What’s Up, What's Not?!”) Training of Trainers Project Completed!

In July, we have completed the Training of Trainers Project for “Ne Var Ne Yok?!” that we have been implementing with the support of Sabancı Foundation for reaching out to a higher number of young people with our activities for the youth. Twenty high school psychological counselors from Istanbul received support within this project that we have carried out for increasing their professional capacity in recognizing, preventing and intervening bullying and dating violence and for supporting them in their preventive-protective activities within school environment. Thus, the project has been able to reach out to 5518 young people after the 6-day trainers’ training participated by these psychological counselors in seventeen high schools, for a period of four months with more than five hundred class activities. Click here to read more about the activities and experiences of the project participants.
In line with the sharing of experience during the supervision meetings with counselors after the practical activities, the project implementation book titled “Working with Teens on Safer Relationships” was extended, updated and reprinted. Click here to get access to the PDF version of the book.
Within the scope of the project, two research reports was published; one is on the opinions of teens' about dating violence and suggestions for the prevention of it and the other is "Dating Violence in Educational Settings: Problems, Obstacles, and Possible Solutions".

From Dating Violence to Safe Relationships & Rights Based Journalism in Sexual Violence

Within the scope of "The Project: Öyle Değil Böyle! / Swith It!" that lasted from February 2018 and ended in late December with the support of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, we have implemented 18 full-day workshops in "Rights Based Journalism in Sexual Violence" in Adana, Mersin, Çanakkale, İzmir and İstanbul and 332 media workers, students at the faculties of communication and activists have been reached out. With our seminars titled "From Dating Violence to Safe Relations" we met 809 university students in İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Kocaeli, Balıkesir and Denizli.
Within the scope of the project, 2 campus interviews and 2 informative videos were produced beside the visual informative materials on the concept of consent and individual boundaries.  We also have started building an image pool for media workers to make use of empowering images produced with the approach of rights-based journalism regarding sexual violence news.  In the following months, the website of the image pool will be accessible online by the media workers.
Öyle Değil Böyle! / Switch It!
Öyle Değil Böyle! / Switch It!

The Project "Do not Silence Children and Combat Sexual Abuse" Is Continuing!

Our campaign, "Do not Silence Children and Combat Sexual Abuse" that we launched in March in cooperation with Şişli Municipality continued throughout November and December. Within the scope of this campaign, we carried out four training sessions and reached out 88 school counselors at Şişli Counselling and Research Center. With the participation of psychological counsellors and guidance teachers working at the primary schools, secondary schools and high schools in Şişli district, we discussed the responsibilities of adults in combating sexual abuse and the protective- preventive approach.

'Where is The Support System?'

We attended the MitSprache Congress in Berlin and carried out visits.

On September 15 and 16, 2018, we participated in the MitSprache CONGRESS BY SURVIVORS FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUALISED VIOLENCE AND THEIR SUPPORTERS that took place in Berlin.

Click here to view detailed information.
In Berlin, we visited the LARA Rape Crisis CenterTransformative Justice Kollektiv Berlin and Wildwasser Rape Crisis Center and met the Selbshilfe & Beratung group. We are thankful for their empowering sharing of experience and the brilliant materials they prepared for the survivors.

Panel & Forum for “Where Is the Support System?”

The aim of the project “Where Is the Support System?” that we launched in February 2018 with the support of the Swedish Consulate General is to facilitate the access by the persons exposed to sexual violence to the support and services that they have the right to access. Within the scope of this project, on December 1, 2018, we held a panel for the professionals in the area, in order to discuss the capacity and service quality of the supportive units on sexual violence in Turkey.
You may watch the full-length panel-forum that lasted for one day on this link. (Only in Turkish)
We asked the panel participants: How Do You Think "Support" Should Be? (Only in Turkish)


Stronger with Children
We attended the “Policy Document Workshop for Child Protection and Children’s Participation” organized by the Network for the Prevention of Violence against Children, which we are a member of, on the dates of September 14 and 15, 2018. This has been an efficient and hopeful workshop event, during which we worked on policy documents and discussed the concrete steps to be taken as well as the principles and codes of conduct.
Raping Animals is A Crime!
Our involvement in the case for "the raping of a kitten” was accepted by the court and we attended the first court hearing held in July alongside animals’ rights organizations. Click here to read our press statement after the hearing. (Only in Turkish)
In the third court hearing held in September, the defendant, who had been in prison for two and a half months, received three years of imprisonment for the crime of "unjustly injuring and killing an owned animal". The court did not implement a good conduct time for the defendant; however, the defendant was released “under obligation” because of the fact that the laws do not consider the raping of animals as a crime.

In Kadıköy, the perpetrator that raped the dog Gece in May was reported by the neighborhood dwellers and the perpetrator was taken under custody by the police. Despite the camera records and the fact that the perpetrator confessed his crime, he was released. In November, we made another criminal complaint and an investigation was launched.

We are aware that in Turkey, there are incidents of raping of animals that are not covered by the media and swept under rugs. It is unacceptable for us that the raping of animals is still treated under misdemeanor law and such consequences take place. We will continue insisting on our demand for the immediate imprisonment of the perpetrators and sustain our struggle on the subject. (Click here to read press release in English)
We participated in the “Meeting for the Launching of the GREVIO Turkey Report” organized by Turkish Womens’ Union, UNFPA and UNWOMEN. As one of the eight organizations that prepared the Shadow Report for the evaluation and monitoring of the GREVIO Report, we met and contacted the local organizations.
Additionally, we played an active role in the preparation and submission of the Follow-up Report for the CEDAW Committee and this report was submitted to CEDAW Committee on December 17.
We participated in the preparatory meeting for the Regional Forum to organized by the European Women’s Lobby in Skopje. The other participants of the meeting were organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosova, Serbia and Turkey. In the meeting, violence against women in six Wester Balkan countries and Turkey, the mapping report on the policies and regulations considering the Istanbul Convention, the practical areas and the approach of countries on governmental level were discussed. In addition to these, we also discussed Istanbul Convention on the specifics of close partner violence, sexual violence and violence against women refugees and women seeking asylum.
Click here to watch the panel “Combating Sexual Violence in Football: Cases at Law and Recent Developments” that we held on October 16, Tuesday. (Only in Turkish)
The book of the Symposium on “Sexual Violence and Gender Discrimination in Football” has been launched!
Click here to get access to the PDF version of the book. (Only in Turkish)
We condemn the Beşiktaş Sports Club and all other football clubs that are involved in sexist actions in the sports tribunes!
We are calling the sports clubs, which are so proud with the values they created, to discontinue turning a blind eye on their language of violence and to act responsibly!
Click here for the press statement. (Only in Turkish)
We carried out a strategic planning and working camp for the year 2019 in Polonezköy, Istanbul on the dates of 29, 30 and 31 August.
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