Using Social Media Platforms to Maximize Youth Role as the Nation’s Next Generation to Stop Sexual Harassment in Indonesia

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To begin with, sexual harassment cases in Indonesia have skyrocketed since the epidemic covid-19 began. Sexual harassment charges are on the rise in Indonesia, and they can take many forms, including verbal harassment, sexual assault, and even rape.Unwelcome sexual approaches, requests for sexual favors, and other types of sexual harassment are all deemed sexual harassment by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission The majority of the victims are young females ages 5 to early 20s who have been sexually harassed in a variety of places, including university, streets, and even their own homes.. The biggest sorrowful fact of sexual harassment is if the perpetrator and victim are family-related and happen in their own house. A home should be a place where small children feel safe, secure, and cheerful, yet they must deal with an upsetting and heartbreaking tragedy.  Instead of providing support and defending their children, parents and family members act like strangers, are unconcerned about the situation, and may have even participated in it.

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Furthermore, Indonesia should start developing a policy or rule to protect its citizens from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is an awful crime, and we, as youths, can contribute to put an end to it. One of the most recent cases of sexual harassment occurred in Padang, West Sumatra. This horrendous crime was discovered because two victims, ages 5 and 7, reported it to their neighbors and were afraid to return home. The most surprising discovery was that six people who are close to the two victims were among the perpetrators. The victims’ grandfather, uncle, two siblings, and two neighbors are among them.

Indonesia has one of the world’s largest youthful populations, accounting for 28 percent of the country’s 260 million inhabitants, with 68 million children aged 10 to 24 years in 2019. We can organize a social campaign and movement utilizing social media platforms to halt, warn, and raise awareness of the dangers of sexual harassment in our society. Due of the limited access to organize an offline campaign during the outbreak, this social campaign and movement should be held online using social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tiktok. Later in the campaign, materials regarding the definition of sexual harassment, how to avoid it, what to do if we are the victim, where to report if we are the victim, and how to detect the victim will be shared. Following that, there will be a webinar that will explicitly explain more about sexual harassment, and attendees will be able to participate in a discussion session with the guest speakers to assist them deepen their understanding on the matter.

Furthermore, we could collaborate with all non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, youth organizations, and school organizations to create this online campaign, with the hope that all citizens in Indonesia will be able to access and participate in this campaign, which will hopefully help to eliminate the crime of sexual harassment. Also with social networking capabilities that each group (described above) possesses, we could expand our travels throughout Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke. As a consequence, the first and most important thing we need to do is notify all groups that a mega meeting will be held to discuss this campaign, and that meeting will result in a campaign committee that reacts to it. The committees will next produce instructive material and organize an open recruitment drive to help disseminate the campaign, which will also include the assistance of all organizations in sharing information about this recruitment. This promotion will run around three months. As a result, as I mentioned earlier, there will be a mega webinar at the end of the campaign. Next, these committees will take the form of a new young group that will disseminate sexual harassment knowledge and news.

To summarize, every Indonesian youth must participate in this campaign; on behalf of the youth, we are the hope of our nation, and we are the future generation that will continue to dominate our country. We should not be quiet, thoughtless, or oblivious to this subject, regardless of the global situation in outbreak covid-19. The victims are real human beings, and as human beings, we must strive and fight together for Indonesia’s brighter future.

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Images

Vectorstock, Stop sexual harassment banner gender equality vector image, dilihat 27 November 2021, <https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/stop-sexual-harassment-banner-gender-equality-vector-24263382>

Shutterstocks,Young People Friends Cartoon, dilihat 27 November 2021, <https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/young-people-friends-cartoon-1356432644>

Website 

Rita Widiadana, 2019, Explore4Action to discover what youths really want, dilihat  26 November 2021, <https://www.thejakartapost.com/youth/2019/01/17/explore4action-to-discover-what-youths-really-want.html>

United States of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Sexual Harassment,  dilihat 26 November 2021, <https://www.eeoc.gov/sexual-harassment>CNN Indonesia, 2021, Dua Anak di Padang Jadi Korban Pemerkosaan Kakek, Paman, Kakak, dilihat 30 November 2021, <https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20211118111348-12-722849/dua-anak-di-padang-jadi-korban-pemerkosaan-kakek-paman-kakak>

About The Writer

Cokorda Istri Chandra Devi Padmananda, S.H graduated from Udayana University’s Faculty of Law. She was a former student who studied international law. She was a pleasant, sociable, and proactive student in all of her classes while in college. In her spare time, she enjoys writing articles, conducting research, and reading books. She is also passionate about important issues such as mental health, gender inequality, human rights, and animal welfare.

She is now involved in campaign voluntary work and serving as an ambassador for numerous non-profit organizations. Her enthusiasm for volunteer work led her to become the best volunteer in a few campaigns. Aside from that, she has attended a number of youth conferences and summits throughout the last three months of this year. Her love of writing and reading inspired her to become a researcher at an early age.

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