Online support for sexual abuse victims

Online support for sexual abuse victims

INDONESIA - The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and the Jakarta administration launched a website on Friday to reach out to sexual abuse victims.

"A reliable system to respond to sexual abuse cases is long overdue. At least 35 women are subjected to sexual abuse every day, or three women every two hours," Komnas Perempuan chairwoman Yuniyanti Chuzaifah said during her speech at City Hall.

The website, kekerasanseksual.komnasperempuan.or.id, was integrated with the police and the Integrated Service Center for the Twitter account of the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2PT2A).

Yuniyanti said in the future, the website would be connected with the city's 119 emergency call centre number. She said the commission would provide training for the call centre's operators, so they could receive reports from the victims and act as a reference when the cases were investigated. In addition, the commission would also encourage volunteer to support the call centre.

"This website aims to make it easier for victims to report cases and allow them to get quicker responses. Currently, many victims do not report their cases because they lack public information about where to report and what kind of support is available," she said.

The website contains, among other features, a video campaign titled Aku Bukan Aib (I am not a disgrace), a list of 15 categories of sexual violence and an inventory of reports on sexual abuse cases. Victims can send their reports to the website or via email. Unfortunately, there is no information on how to help the victims.

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