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.
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?