From the Carleton Newsroom…

By Tyrone Burke
Photos by Chris Roussakis and Bryan Gagnon

When a sex worker was raped in 1970s Istanbul, she had nowhere to turn.  As in many countries, Turkey’s legal system questioned the integrity of the victim.

A conviction seemed unlikely, but Yaprak Baltacioğlu’s father took on the case anyway.  He won the case at the Supreme Court, and it established a precedent for how violence against women is treated in Turkey’s legal system.

“In those days, it wasn’t easy to prove that raping a sex worker was a crime, and I remember asking my father why he had taken that case pro bono,” said Baltacioğlu, 12th chancellor of Carleton University.

“He looked at me and said: ‘When I look back at my life, I don’t want to see a long list of personal accomplishments or lots of money. I want to know I have done good.’ He didn’t give a lot of advice, but that’s something I carried.”

Baltacioğlu gave the keynote address at the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Emerging Perspectives Graduate Conference on March 4, 2019 and she stressed the importance of giving back.

Carleton Chancellor Yaprak Baltacioğlu spoke to students at the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Emerging Perspectives Graduate Conference on March 4, 2019.

Yaprak Baltacioğlu

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