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Jakarta Post

Indonesians need to open up about sex to lessen abuse, violence

  • Aleisha McLaren

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14 2020   /  02:26 am

Consent matters: Commuter line operator Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) officers provide educational flyers to prevent sexual harassment to KRL passengers at Jakarta Kota Station, Central Jakarta, on Dec. 27, 2019. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)During a recent visit to a grade 4 classroom, University of Indonesia (UI) School of Psychology researcher Shahnaz Safitri encountered students who had alarmed teachers by touching their classmates’ private parts.“When we descriptively say that ‘It’s not OK to touch people without consent,’ they know it’s actually prohibited,” Shahnaz said.What happened in the classroom shows that elementary school students should have received sex education because through it they could “internalize the value of respect” and make responsible decisions as they grew up, the researcher added. Most Indonesians, however, seem to disagree.A UI study last ye...