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Legal support lacking for victims of childhood sexual abuse

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Tue, March 17, 2020   /  01:38 pm
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As the number cases involving the sexual abuse of children has continued to rise in recent years, experts and activists have pointed to the fact that the rights of child victims and witnesses have not been comprehensively addressed in Indonesian laws and regulations.(Shutterstock/File)

A recent court ruling on child sexual abuse in Jambi province has exposed the shortcomings of Indonesian court procedures in dealing with the human impact of violence against children. As the number cases involving the sexual abuse of children has continued to rise in recent years, experts and activists have pointed to the fact that the rights of child victims and witnesses have not been comprehensively addressed in Indonesian laws and regulations. The lack of standards for handling legal proceedings on sexual assault cases have raised concerns among critics, particularly as it relates to trauma and accusations of victimization. On Jan. 29, a 45-year-old civil servant from Simpang Tiga Sipin district in Jambi was acquitted on all criminal charges by the state court of Jambi. He was accused of sexually assaulting six children aged 9 to 12. The court decision came as a shock to...