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Jakarta Post

When speaking up backfires: Public space no safe space for women in Greater Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 8, 2019   /  01:33 pm
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For many women in Greater Jakarta, sexual harassment in public spaces is a daily issue.  From those commuting by train, bike, bus, motorcycle, or walking, no one is safe from rampant sexual harassment in the capital city. In many cases, the victims have also experienced victim blaming. Despite the global #MeToo movement encouraging victims of sexual harassment to speak up, the situation might differ here. Recent cases in Greater Jakarta seem to show that standing up to perpetrators  has only brought more trouble for the victims. A Twitter user recently shared her experience about confronting a group of men catcalling her and a friend. “Last night, a group of men consisting of six to seven people catcalled me and my friend while we were walking to a coffee shop around 1.2 kilometers from my boarding house in South Jakarta. Did I feel uncomfortable? ...