Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Welfare says there is a need to make the law on sexual violence known to the general public in order to help the victims.
“The public must understand this law, and they are expected to be able to help victims so that they have the courage to speak out about the violence inflicted on them,” the minister said. ‘Women’s Empowerment and Child Welfare, Bintang Puspayoga, at an organized event. by the Indonesian Women’s Congress here on Friday.
The ministry also launched the SAPA 129 (Sahabat Perempuan dan Anak or Friend of Women and Children) service to enable women and children to report cases of violence. These reports can also be made via WhatsApp at the number +628111129129.
During the event, Minister Puspayoga said that the passage of Law Number 12 of 2022 on Sexual Violence is a form of state attention to victims, as the law establishes a legal basis for protection against violence and discrimination. It is also a way of assuring people that victims will have their rights respected and will be helped in their recovery process.
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“The Sexual Violence Law is binding on every Indonesian citizen. Thus, I expect that the law can be taken comprehensively by all women’s organizations and others,” the minister said.
She described the law as lex specialis, which could offer comprehensive protection to victims of sexual violence, from start to finish.
Friday’s event brought together organizations registered as members of the Indonesian Women’s Congress. The President of the Indonesian Women’s Congress, Dr. Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo, said the immediate implementation of the sexual violence law is highly needed.
Members of the Indonesian Women’s Congress are constantly educating people about the law, she added. They also uphold the law and assist the law enforcement apparatus.
“The protection of women and children is not only the task of the government, but also ours as a whole,” she said.
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