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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Letter from alumna to UGM: Be pioneer against sexual abuse on campus

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  02:24 am

As an alumna of Gadjah Mada University (UGM), in particular the School of Social and Political Sciences, I am proud of my juniors, sexual abuse survivors, who spoke up about their cases and began something that would be a good change in one of Indonesia’s oldest universities. Next year, UGM will be 70 years old. The old central building, the Gedung Pusat, still stands gracefully, but the campus has also seen rapid changes. Last year, I went there and did not recognize my own school. Besides having President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo among the alumni, the university has produced many other people who champion human rights and gender equality. I’m proud to call many of them my friends. Now, it’s time for UGM to lead the change in how campuses in Indonesia deal with sexual abuses within their jurisdiction. Don’t hush victims; encourage them. Don’t blame the victims a...