IT COULD BE BE­CAUSE THERE’S A LACK OF SEX­UAL ED­U­CA­TION AND IN­FOR­MA­TION ABOUT HOW TO PRE­VENT THAT KIND OF CRIME. SOME THINK IT'S TABOO TO TALK ABOUT SUCH THINGS. SO, SEX­UAL ED­U­CA­TION IS A MUST, ESPE­CIALLY FOR KIDS SINCE A YOUNGER AGE.

DANIEL NGANTUNG

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would-be of­fend­ers. Fur­ther­more, there have been in­creas­ing con­cerns as to the side ef­fects the chem­i­cal sub­stances will have on a sus­pect’s health. Ac­cord­ing to Wal­ton, a re­sponse needs to be “multi-faceted” and re­quire “strong, de­ter­mined lead­ers” to en­sure laws are ap­plied ap­pro­pri­ately. “Suf­fi­cient fund­ing is also key. With­out ap­pro­pri­ate fund­ing, as­sis­tance cen­tres and shel­ters will not be able to pro­vide the sup­port that sur­vivors of vi­o­lence need,” says Wal­ton. “Train­ing and aware­ness rais­ing pro­grams must also be para­mount. The po­lice, the mil­i­tary, the courts, and other ser­vice providers such as med­i­cal work­ers and teach­ers need to be trained on how to recog­nise cases of vi­o­lence and how to han­dle them.” Then there’s also the poverty and ed­u­ca­tion fac­tor. “The ques­tion is, what is go­ing on with our peo­ple? How did they be­come so bru­tal?” asked Health Min­is­ter Prof. Moeloek. “I’m sure there is a link be­tween all this vi­o­lence with poverty, un­em­ploy­ment, and ed­u­ca­tion.” Child psy­chol­o­gist Seto Mulyadi fo­cused his opinion to­wards the govern­ment, cit­ing that the state needs to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the care and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of chil­dren from un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies. “It’s as if the state is not there for them. More­over, many sex­ual vi­o­lence cases have not been prop­erly pro­cessed and they have been for­got­ten as time goes by,” says Mulyadi as quoted by The Jakarta Post on May 30. Does In­done­sia have a prob­lem with sex­ual vi­o­lence or dis­crim­i­na­tion? “Women old and young are be­ing ha­rassed ev­ery sin­gle day, and barely any­one talks about it be­cause it's con­sid­ered nor­mal and just some­thing that hap­pens,” Wal­ton says. “What we have to make sure of is that the at­ten­tion doesn't fade away. If it does, no mean­ing­ful change will have taken place, and mur­ders and rapes will con­tinue to hap­pen un­abated across the coun­try.” WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RE­CENT AT­TEN­TION TO­WARDS SEX­UAL VI­O­LENCE? WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE FU­TURE IN RE­GARDS TO DIS­CRIM­I­NA­TION SUCH AS THIS?

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