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Sexual, physical violence against students leaves much to be done

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  06:32 am
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Children should be encouraged to report any violence they experience through the establishment of reporting mechanisms.(Shutterstock/iMoved Studio)

A string of recent events has focused public attention on sexual and physical violence against students in school, supposedly safe havens for children, with observers noting that there is still much left to be done to address the issue. The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) said it had received in the first half of this year nine reports of alleged sexual violence involving elementary school teachers against 32 female and 14 male students across the country.  It also received four reports of similar cases involving junior high school teachers, with the victims being 20 male and four female students. Among them is a case that recently caused public outcry, in which three teachers in Serang regency, Banten, allegedly sexually abused three students in the school area, although they claimed to have been dating the victims, one of whom is now 25 weeks pregnant. "...