Ministry matters

Ministry urges parents of victims of sexual violence to file complaints

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Child Protection Assistant at the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA) Nahar has asked parents of children who have suffered sexual abuse to demonstrate and report cases to the authorities.

“It’s crucial because sexual violence has a long-term negative impact on children,” he said on Friday.

Nahar urged everyone to be aware that sexual violence is a criminal act and therefore perpetrators can be held accountable.

To that end, he stressed that families and children need to know where they can report sexual abuse.

He cited the case involving the rape of 13 students in West Java by the owner of their boarding school, identified as Herry Wirawan. The case came to light thanks to the bravery of children, parents and community support, he said.

“From this case, we can learn that the courage of the children, the courage of the parents, the courage of the community, has made it possible to identify and save several children (who are victims),” he noted.

Related News: Rapist’s death sentence reaffirms commitment to children’s rights

According to Nahar, the students’ parents were initially afraid to report the rape. However, societal support encouraged them to report what their children had been through, he added.

Parents need to understand that by reporting sexual abuse suffered by their children, they can receive help from various parties to ensure their rights are upheld, he said.

If parents don’t report the case, it could lead to other bad things, he noted. For this reason, he stressed that everyone should be encouraged to file a report.

“Thus, there will be next steps that can be provided to the victim and his family. We hope that the best interests of the children in the areas of education, health and other rights can be respected” , he noted.

Related News: Official welcomes death sentence for rapist of 13 students