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Jakarta Post

Nuril’s story is ours: We all must fight harassment

  • Ivany Atina Arbi


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /  09:07 am
Nuril’s story is ours: We all must fight harassment Instead of getting protection and justice from law enforcers, Baiq Nuril Maknun appeared to be trapped through the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law for defamation after the man, identified as Muslim, reported her for defaming him by distributing the call recording to others. (JP/Budhi Button)

One day a fellow journalist asked me to stay over at his place where we could spend the night together and “chitchat”, an offer I politely rejected. But he kept asking me the same thing over and over. Worst, he sent sexy pictures of some random girls to our chat room and asked things that made me uneasy. I was so irritated that I ventured to speak up about my discomfort and told him to stop treating me that way. Luckily, he was willing to back off and altogether disappeared from my life. I might be one of a handful of women who managed to escape such a frustrating situation by standing up to and rejecting such irritating treatment. Some other women perhaps would not have had the guts to do the same if there were power relations involved, like between female subordinates and male bosses or between junior and senior coworkers. As a result, these women could — ...

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