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Jakarta Post

Sexually harassed and abused on campus

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, June 2 2016   /  07:24 am

JP/Budhi Button - Source: Komnas PerempuanReports of sexual harassment and abuse on campus, usually against students and either by lecturers or peers, are believed to be vastly underreported.  Each reported case is only the tip of an iceberg; many more victims are silent. The Jakarta Post’s Evi Mariani investigated and here is her report.

Between book shelves in a small library in a state university campus, Maria tensed up when her much older lecturer approached her to show her a book.

There were only the two of them in the library in an office of a research center, where Maria arrived at 9 p.m. at the lecturer’s request to discuss her paper, which she had to present the following day.

“Every time he showed me a book, a sense of unease slid in,” Maria, not her real name, told The Jakarta Post in a café in Yogyakarta. At that particular time, her sense...