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Jakarta Post

Sexual abuse on campus: 174 survivors across Indonesia speak up

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 29, 2019   /  08:42 am
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Women and men march on International Women's Day in Yogyakarta on March 8. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

“The road was quiet with only palm trees around and it was only two of us in his car when he began to caress my thigh and slip his hand under my bottom. I don’t know why but I couldn’t scream. I didn’t fight back because I was so scared. I was afraid he would get angry and he could do anything to me if I screamed. I could be killed. I didn’t want to die in vain,” said a student from a state university in Sumatra, recalling her chilling story of sexual abuse at the hands of her lecturer. She was going with him on a field trip to do research. Her story is among 174 stories from survivors, which reveal that sexual harassment and abuse on campuses in Indonesia are widespread in 29 cities from the western to eastern parts of Indonesia, encompassing 79 state, private and religious-based universities. The cities include Serang and Tangerang in Banten, M...