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Catcalled, groped but feeling empowered, women cyclists struggle with rampant sexual harassment on roads

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 4, 2019   /  03:26 pm
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Women cyclists must struggle to claim their space on the streets of the capital city, but face an even more dire challenge: rampant sexual harassment and abuse. (Shutterstock/File)

It’s been considered cool and noble to bike to commute for the sake of the environment or health, but for women cyclists, they must not only struggle to claim their space on the streets of the capital city, but face an even more dire challenge: rampant sexual harassment and abuse.   Justitia Avila Veda, a 24-year-old woman working for an NGO in Central Jakarta, stopped commuting to work by train in January and opted to go to her office by bike instead. She said she was tired of seeing and experiencing sexual harassment in the super-crowded trains. Little did she know that she would face the same problem on the road. “I have been sexually harassed several times on the commuter line. Last January, I saw a girl crying after a man ejaculated on her on the train and that’s when I said: Enough is enough!” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday. ...