Author(s): Serkan TA??IN, ?brahim SARI
This article investigates the incestuous events in the lives of 35 incest victims who were mostly abused by their biological fathers and biological elder brothers in ?anl?urfa. Data were obtained from the interviews with both 35 incest victims and 12 mothers of incest victims. The interviews focused on the incestuous events and the thoughts of incest victims during and after the incestuous events. Victims were all girls between 12 and 18 years old. They came from overcrowded families who lived in small houses without privacy. Data revealed that most of the incest victims were abused by their biological fathers; first incestuous events started mostly when girls were between 12 and 14 years old. These events occurred mostly during 2 or 3 years. When mothers learned about these events, they mostly ignored and behaved as if nothing happened to their daughters. After these events, girls mostly blamed themselves, some committed suicide and felt deep depression. Some policy implications were advised at the end of the article.