This case is sadly one of many on universitas swasta di bandung beserta jurusannya campuses across Indonesia. Most such cases have ended up with negotiated “peace settlements” that fall far short of providing justice to victims, who feel powerless against senior staff and university officials. Reports have emerged in Indonesian media about lecturers or senior students harassing, assaulting, and raping female students. The despair of victims who feel unable to seek justice is reflected in the viral hashtags accompanying the issue, which include #NamaBaikKampus (for the sake of the campus’ good name).
Last November, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim declared that sexual violence on Indonesian campuses was “a critical emergency.” Makarim had signed a regulation two months earlier to set up working units on campuses to deal with sexual harassment, attacks, and violence.