Currently, sexual violence has been categorized as extraordinary violence. Based on this concern, UMN Juice held a discussion on sexual violence in Indonesia and a screening of the film The Hunting Ground at the UMN Lecture Hall, Serpong, Wednesday (12/10).
In the discussion, several speakers were present, namely, Dimas Subagio from the Lentera community, Ferena Debineva (founder and chairman of SGRC-UI) and Irma Yuni (UMN Student Support and Counseling).
Dimas said that sexual violence which had occurred to date was caused by forcible compulsion by the perpetrator. Moreover, this violence was already considered normal by most of the community.
“Every day we always come into contact with this problem. We feel familiar with it. This is the basis for sexual violence that should not continue,” he said.
He added, in June 2016, Lentera together with Change.org, made a questionnaire, in which of the 25 thousand respondents, 93 percent of those who experienced sexual violence cases had never reported.
“This figure is actually like the tip of the iceberg theory,” Dimas growled.
One of the factors in the occurrence of sexual violence, Dimas continued, was the culture of the people who practiced everything. For instance, naughty boys were considered normal behavior. Therefore, upon the enactment by the DPR on Wednesday (12/10) of the law on sexual violence protection, Dimas hoped that perpetrators of sexual violence should be given punishments that were able to deter them and protect the victims.
Meanwhile, Ferena said that society should not be concerned with and busy themselves in the midst of sexual violence issues.
“This is violence against humans, it shouldn’t happen for any reason,” she said. (*)
by Christoforus Ristianto – Multimedia Nusantara University News Service