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Original translation from this Italian site
Thirteen year old raped by 29 men. The episode comes only a few weeks after from a similar case. Among those arrested is an agent. Sexual crimes are on the rise in the country. A new case of sexual assault against a minor was heard in Turkey, where 29 people, including a policeman were arrested in Golcuk, in the western part of the country, on charges of raping a thirteen-year-old. The episode occurred only a few weeks after a similar case, which has aroused great excitement in the country, that of a twelve-year-old-girl, who was raped by 26 men in Mardin, in southeastern Anatolia. The violence against women and sexual offenses remain a scourge in Turkey.
SEXUAL CRIMES INCREASED BY 400%
Sexual offenses increased by 400% in the country in the last 10 years: in 2011, there were 33,000 registered complaints, versus 8,000 in 2002. The story of the thirteen-year-old was discovered thanks to a teacher. The girl did not dare to speak of the violence suffered because she had been blackmailed and threatened by the rapists, reports the Turkish newspaper Taraf.
The case of the twelve-year-old provoked violent controversy in recent weeks. After the reporting of the rapes, 23 of the 26 accused were arrested. But they had all been released on bail before the first hearing of the trial. The girl had written to the Minister of Justice asking him: “Do you not have a child? What would you do if her daughter had suffered all this? All the accused are now out and about. What has become of my life?” A court of first instance in Mardin condemned the 23 defendants to prison terms of between one and six years, as part of their defence was that the child was “willing”. The judgment was set aside by the Supreme Court of Appeal, which has ordered a retrial.