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Sexual Abuse Theme in the Selected Tales of Anatolia
Kadriye TÜRKAN

Abstract: Sexual abuse or sexual harassment is a problem that people from all sections without discrimination of age and sex are exposed to. This issue finds place in various disciplines and folk stories. Within this context, the tale which is one of the samples of oral literature is the earliest creation of humankind and includes everything about human, thereby; it also gives a place to abuse issue occasionally. In this study, with reference to the term “preserving the chastity”, by evaluating in plotline, the female characters of the tales whom are sexually abused and stand out against it and the male characters who are abusive, the accrual of the abuse, its aspects, punishments given to abusive people will be determined and handled.

Keywords: tale, woman, harassment, sexual abuse, theme, punishment

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