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For Indonesian women threats persist amid a lack of protection

Pychita Julinanda

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, April 7, 2021  /  08:00 am
For Indonesian women threats persist amid a lack of protection

Women demand an end to the cycle of violence against women neglected by the state on International Women’s Day 2020 (Antara/Galih Pradipta)

Pychita Julinanda (Contributor/Jakarta) "I am disappointed, but at this point, I don't really have any expectation nor faith," Anindya “Anin” Shabrina Prasetiyo said. The 25-year old was a student activist sued for defamation under the controversial Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. This happened after she posted an account on Facebook alleging sexual harassment by police officers during an unauthorized raid on the Papua Student Alliance's weekly discussion in Surabaya, East Java, in 2018. In her post, she also mentioned reporting the harassment to Surabaya Police Internal Affairs, a report that was left unprocessed. For Anin, being a sexual assault survivor is hard enough, but the criminalization by officials supposedly responsible for protecting victims such as herself after the case was reported was staggering. It was so traum...