Nevin Yildirim is sitting in a Turkish jail for killing her alleged rapist. Just a few days ago the 26-year-old admitted to shooting her husband's cousin--who she alleges raped her--in the penis, beheading him, and then dropping his head on the ground in the town square. "Yildirim said [Nurettin] Gider threatened her with a gun and said he would kill her children, ages 2 and 6, if she made any noise ... That was the first of repeated rapes over the next eight months," reads CNN's report. The news agency is apparently talking to a "source close to the case" and Yildrim had her preliminary hearing on August 30. And according to Turkish news agency DHA, Yildirim's alleged rapist reportedly threatened to publish photos he took of Yildirim's pregnant body if she did not do as he said.
CNN doesn't say what kind of punishment Yildirim could face and legal pundits tell them a self-defense plea could be used, but it does shed light in Yildirim's own words, of what happened when her alleged rapist tried to rape her one last time on August 28. CNN writes:
She said she grabbed her father-in-law's rifle that was hanging on the wall and she shot him. He tried to draw his gun and she fired again.
"I chased him," she said. "He fell on the ground. He started cussing. I shot his sexual organ this time. He became quiet. I knew he was dead. I then cut his head off."
There's also this image, which would be fit for a Tarantino film if it were fiction (but it isn't and it's totally horrifying):
"Don't talk behind my back, don't play with my honor," Yildirim said to the men sitting in the coffee house on the square. "Here is the head of the man who played with my honor."
Yildirim's has also resonated here in the U.S. because it comes in the wake of Missouri Representative Todd Akin's (now ubiquitous) ridiculous comments about how when women "legitimately raped" their bodies shut down and make it harder to get pregnant. Yildirim is, according to CNN and Turkish news agency Haberturk, around five months pregnant and wants an abortion.
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