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#MeToo movement arrives in Turkey

Women in Turkey are sharing their experiences of sexual assault online after a Twitter user accused a prominent writer of sexual assault. Activists say legal protections for women need to be put into practice.

In early December, a post sent from the anonymous Twitter user “Leyla Salinger” triggered a #MeToo movement in Turkey. In the tweet, the user accused the famous writer Hasan Ali Toptas of sexually harassing her when she was at university. The tweet has inspired other women to make similar accusations against Toptas and other writers and media personalities.

Using the hashtag #UykularınızKaçsın (#MayYouLoseSleep) victims have started to share their experiences of harassment and assault. Some accounts are from years earlier, with victims saying they did not go public with their experiences earlier out of fear and shame.

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