Sexuality Research and Social Policy

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 463–475 | Cite as

#sendeanlat (#tellyourstory): Text Analyses of Tweets About Sexual Assault Experiences

  • Elif G. IkizerEmail author
  • Nairán Ramírez-Esparza
  • Ryan L. Boyd


On 11 February 2015, a 20-year-old university student, Ozgecan Aslan, was violently murdered in an attempted rape in Mersin, southern Turkey. This event led to a mass Twitter protest in the country. Women across the country started sharing the hashtag #sendeanlat (“#tellyourstory” in English). In the current exploratory study, 164,279 original tweets were analyzed using the text analytic approach called the Meaning Extraction Method. Results revealed the key themes of reactions to victim blaming, honor culture/namus, assault experiences, social media, and women’s responsibility. Policy, media, and mental-health-related implications and future research directions are discussed.


Language analysis Twitter Social media Turkey Rape Assault 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The data we extracted from Twitter is public. Therefore, as advised by the University of Connecticut Ethics Board, we did not obtain an IRB approval for this study. There was no informed consent as we used the data that is already publicly available.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elif G. Ikizer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nairán Ramírez-Esparza
    • 2
  • Ryan L. Boyd
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychological SciencesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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