#sendeanlat (#tellyourstory):Text Analyses of Tweets About Sexual Assault Experiences

Ikizer, Elif G. and Ramírez-Esparza, Nairán and Boyd, Ryan L. (2019) #sendeanlat (#tellyourstory):Text Analyses of Tweets About Sexual Assault Experiences. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16 (4). 463–475. ISSN 1868-9884

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On 11 February 2015, a 20-year-old university student, Ozgecan Aslan, was violently murdered in an attempted rape in Mersin, southern Turkey. This event led to a mass Twitter protest in the country. Women across the country started sharing the hashtag #sendeanlat (“#tellyourstory” in English). In the current exploratory study, 164,279 original tweets were analyzed using the text analytic approach called the Meaning Extraction Method. Results revealed the key themes of reactions to victim blaming, honor culture/namus, assault experiences, social media, and women’s responsibility. Policy, media, and mental-health-related implications and future research directions are discussed.

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22 Jun 2019 09:19
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