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Jakarta Post

UGM Student Union grows impatient with rector over delayed sexual violence prevention regulation

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  08:01 pm
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Activists from various women's organizations stage a rally in front of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Dec. 1. They invited the community to oppose all forms of violence against women.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

More than a year after a widely publicized case of alleged sexual abuse rocked Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, the university has still not passed its promised regulation on sexual violence prevention. In November 2018, UGM’s student magazine Balairung published an investigative report into a case of alleged sexual abuse. The victim, Agni (a pseudonym), a student in the School of Social and Political Sciences, alleged that HS, a student in UGM’s School of Engineering, sexually abused her during a community service assignment (KKN) in a Maluku village on June 30, 2017. The case promptly made headlines and UGM was criticized for its slow handling of the case and accused of victim blaming. A team submitted a draft of the sexual violence regulation to the UGM rector in April this year. However, the rector has yet to approve the regulation. The univers...