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‘Rape culture myths’ debunked: Survey

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18, 2019   /  06:05 am
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“What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” Many sexual harassment victims are asked this kind of question when people learn about their experience of being assaulted in public. If the victims’ wardrobe is considered revealing, or if the assault occurred in the evening, the blame will often be put on the victims, who are considered to have been “asking for it”, putting themselves at risk of being harassed. Such assumptions were recently debunked by a nationwide survey conducted by four women’s rights organizations, namely Hollaback Jakarta, perEMPUan, Lentera Sintas Indonesia and Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group, and shared through change.org. More than 62,000 respondents participated in the survey, and most said they had been wearing normal clothes when they were sexually assaulted in public. Eighteen percent of them said they had...