In this file photo dated Feb. 11, 2018, angry people try to stone the house of a man suspected of raping a 4-year-old girl, in Adana, southern Turkey, narrowly escaping the neighbourhood lynching attempt. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP, File)
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A man suspected of raping a sleeping 4-year-old girl during a wedding in southern Turkey narrowly escaped a neighborhood lynching attempt, sparking a public outcry and calls for the government to prevent and more severely punish child sexual abuse.Turkey's already hefty punishments have not put a dent in sex abuse and experts are urging more preventive measures.According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, the number of child sexual abuse cases reported to law enforcement has risen from over 11,000 in 2014 to nearly 17,000 in 2016, but experts say many more cases are not reported.Many sexual abuse cases in Turkey also occur in institutional settings.There are only 27 centers to serve Turkey's 23 million children.The Turkish penal code's Article 103 calls "all sexual behavior" toward a child under 15 -- the age of consent -- sexual abuse, with higher sentences if the child is under 12 .
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