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Victims of sexual abuse on campus seek justice, support on social media

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3, 2020   /  10:05 am
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Activists and members of the public protest in front of the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta last year to demand lawmakers pass a long-awaited bill on eradicating sexual violence against women.(JP/Anggie Angela)

The global #MeToo movement has swept through Indonesia’s higher education system, with victims of sexual abuse and harassment, one by one, speaking up and seeking help and justice over the past two years. However, a lack of safe spaces, both on campuses and in the legal system, has forced these young people to take the avenue most accessible to them: social media. Over the past few weeks, social media has been dominated by discussions and stories of alleged sexual abuses on several campuses across Indonesia. Survivors of sexual abuse or their friends, most of whom are female university students, have stood up and used online platforms to share their stories with the public, hoping to find justice and support. And although their decision to share their stories publicly could put them at risk, women’s right activists have said many survivors see it as their only way to fi...