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Dian Sasmita: Listening to troubled juveniles on the road to healing

  • A. Kurniawan Ulung

    Contributor

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Wed, April 1 2020   /  01:48 am

Friend to all: Dian Sasmita, the founder of Sahabat Kapas, was motivated to help child prisoners because of her own experience as a child abuse survivor.The Sahabat Kapas Foundation is raising awareness that child prisoners need developmental support, just like any other child.Dian Sasmita’s personal experience with physical and verbal abuse as a child was her motivation for establishing the Sahabat Kapas Foundation to help juvenile inmates in Surakarta, Central Java, most of whom are victims, just like she once was.

Being locked up is hard, especially for children, because they are isolated from their families and friends, while they are also at risk of being assaulted behind bars and social stigmatization after their release.

Many overlook the emotional and psychological trauma, as well as the physical injuries, that inmates endure in juvenile detention centers. There i...