Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Sexual Abuse - an Interdisciplinary Approach

Ersi Abaci Kalfoglou

Istanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University

The founder of "forensic genetics" as an academic discipline in Turkey.


Sotirios Kalfoglou

Yeni Yüzyıl University

The only scientist with a degree in "Terrorism Security and Policing" in Istanbul, Turkey gained at the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, specifically in the “Terrorism, Security and Policing” Program.


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Sexual assault, this unwanted or nonconsensual sexual experience should be considered as a public health issue that is multidimensional and seriously complicated. The study of sexual assault is complex because of the variety in methodologies, definitions, measures, prevalence, and prediction tools preferred by different disciplines to address the issue. Generally, the prevention programs are prepared in “the one size fits all” form whereas they should be programmed according to different target groups. Does the victims’ sexual orientation play a role? Which attitudes and behaviors should be addressed and changed by prevention strategies and which are the risk factors? Do the psychologists and psychiatrists who deal with the trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual functioning symptomatology are in coordination with prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement, victim-witness advocates, social workers? How much ER specialists, ICU specialists, and different medical disciplines that are encountering cases are in a position to decide and collect evidence from the victims and cooperate with the primarily related fields like forensic pathologists and mental health specialists? All the above-mentioned disciplines have essential roles in trying to cope with that extremely serious issue. Discussing the facts and figures of their own point of view will be an important step forward for the prevention, healing, and recovery.

This book is intended to bring together studies of all stakeholders that are involved in tackling the issue of sexual assault in general.

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Date completed: November 23rd 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: February 19th 2021

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Review results due: May 10th 2021

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Expected publication date: July 9th 2021

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About the editor

Ersi Abaci Kalfoglou

Istanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University

Prof. Ersi Abacı Kalfoğlu got her Ph.D. in forensic sciences, following a graduate degree in medical biochemistry. She taught at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Istanbul University, and was the primary investigator of the Forensic Haemogenetics Department for 20 years. Prof. Kalfoğlu has spent the last years of her career specializing in Forensic Sciences and specifically sexual abuse and its consequences. She is the author of numerous articles on the subject, published in English and Turkish Scientific Journals. Being aware of the difficulties that sexual assault victims and survivors are facing, she founded a center for sexual assault victims in Turkey, which now operates in Istanbul, under Yeni Yüzyil University within the Forensic Sciences Research Center which she directs.

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