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Sexual harassment in public spaces rampant among minors: Survey

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /  07:26 am
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One out of every two Indonesians recently surveyed revealed that he or she had been sexually harassed in a public space before turning 16 years or age. The forms of reported sexual harassment were varied and included catcalling, unwanted touch, groping and sexual insinuation.  Up to 62,000 people across Indonesia participated in the survey, which was conducted during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women at the end of 2018. (JP/Swi Handono) The survey was jointly organized by various women’s rights organizations, namely Hollaback Jakarta, perEMPUan, Lentera Sintas Indonesia and the Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group. The questionnaire was distributed through change.org. According to the survey report, 62.3 percent of the respondents were women, 37.6 percent male and the remaining fell into the "other gender identity" category. ...