Title: Communicating Care to Victims of Sexual Violence in Indonesia
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Deborah Simorangkir, Swiss German University, Indonesia
Sharon Schumacher, Swiss German University, Indonesia
The objective of this research is to analyze the communication between Indonesian organizations and victims of sexual violence. The research questions that this study seeks to answer are:
1.What types of assistance are most needed by victims of sexual violence?
2.What are the main constraints in communicating care to victims of sexual violence?
3.What are the most effective ways to communicate care to victims of sexual violence?
To answer these questions, in-depth interviews were conducted with representatives of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI); the National Commission on Anti Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan); the Indonesian Women's Association for Justice Legal Aid (LBH APIK); and, the Pulih Foundation. Results show that:
1.The types of assistance most needed by victims of sexual violence are legal and psychological assistance.
2.The main constraints in communicating care to victims of sexual violence are shame, stigma, and the negative perceptions about Indonesia's legal system.
3.The most effective ways to communicate care to victims of sexual violence are by giving assurance of anonymity; allowing them to tell their story uninterruptedly; communicating through an advocate or companion, when needed; getting the family on board; campus visits and campaigns; and, using online tools.
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