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Step up, step in: Anti-harassment campaigns urge bystander intervention

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /  03:18 pm
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Passengers wait to board the women-only Transjakarta bus at the Harmoni busway shelter in Central Jakarta on Nov. 11, 2016. The bus is intended to prevent sexual harassment, which primarily occurs on the streets and public transportation in major Indonesian cities.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

  Aprilia Resdini was taking the train from Bogor to Jakarta when she saw a man rubbing his crotch against the back of a female passenger, who  looked uncomfortable and helpless. Aprilia moved by her side and started asking her about the train routes. On seeing that his victim was no longer alone, the man stopped. “The victim was aware of [what I had done] and thanked me, saying that worse things would have happened if I had not intervened,” said Aprilia, who is studying at Jakarta State University. Nadia was not as fortunate as the woman on the train. No one came to help her when she was walking home in the upscale South Jakarta neighborhood of Kebayoran Baru, one night in 2018 after work. A man on a motorcycle rode by her, grabbed her breast and sped off laughing. Even though other people arou...