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She reported a lecturer for attempted rape. Now she is the one who has to cover her face

  • Defri Sofyan

    The Jakarta Post

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Gorontalo   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /  11:43 am
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Although Andin has been supported by her family, friends and women’s rights organizations, many of her fell students do not see her as a victim.(Shutterstock/File)

A survivor of a rape attempt in an Islamic university in Gorontalo city, Gorontalo, reported her case to the university, but the backlash from lecturers and students has been so intense that she now wears a surgical mask to campus to cover her face. Andin, not her real name, is a student at the Gorontalo State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN). She said the mask helped cover half her face so people would not easily recognize her. Campus life has not been peaceful for Andin ever since she decided to tell Humanika, the Gorontalo IAIN student press website, about a rape attempt by her lecturer, identified as MM. Humanika did not mention her identity but students and lecturers figured out that it was Andin. Although Andin has been supported by her family, friends and women’s rights organizations, many of her fellow students do not see her as a victim and have started calling...