Who are we?
Although our association was officially founded in the summer of 2014, we have advanced and expanded in our struggle against sexual violence since 2009 through our initiatives and regular meetings as activists of Women’s Platform Against Sexual Violence (CSKKP). CSKKP came a long way throughout the years. As agents of struggle against sexual violence, the spark created by women who were exposed to rape* opened a “discussion” about all the taboo aspects of sexual violence as women in the feminist movement started opening up on the subject. A closed initiative paved the way to awareness and visibility projects by deciphering forensic medicine reports and injustice towards survivors of sexual violence, building up women’s solidarity by keeping track of lawsuits, search for solutions, draft law projects and rape crisis centers that we demanded in the GNAT (The Grand National Assembly of Turkey).
We also developed new needs in the course of our projects that draw from these and our individual experiences; the need for becoming an association that includes LGBTIQA+ individuals and all living creatures exposed to sexual violence, focuses on sexual and gender-based violence among all and questions and transforms at the most basic concepts before all else.
The Association for Struggle Against Sexual Violence (CSMD) emerged as a result of the gender binarism constricting our life and our space for struggle, the gender practices we are forced to live through, the need to stand up against the stereotypical perception of sexual violence in collective memory and to have a space for our bodies, words, sexuality and our silenced voice and fury as survivors of sexual violence.
We are trans and non-trans women, trans men and gender non-conforming individuals of various sexual orientations, questioning the gender binarism and actively participating in the feminist, lgbtiqa+, ecological and animal liberation movements and children and immigrant rights organizations and platforms. As an anti-hierarchical organization, we defend queer imagination, feminisms, solidarity and collective production.