Magazine article New Internationalist

Asiye's Story

Magazine article New Internationalist

Asiye's Story

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by Asiye Guzel (Saqi books ISBN: D 86356 194 2)

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Political activist Asiye Guzel has chosen not to tell the reader everything that happened to her during the two weeks she was held at 'Security HQ' by the Turkish security police in 1997. She goes only so far - describing the 'suspension' torture that preceded the rape - and then simply acknowledges that the rape followed. I think this was a wise decision: it encourages readers to shift their focus from what rape is physically to the bigger issue of what rape can do to a person's psyche and why any state's use of it to quell political opposition must be opposed. Guzel recreates the debilitating self-loathing she felt after the assault - offering a graphic portrayal of the 'classic' situation in which the victim blames herself. …

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