TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Commissioner of National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) Riri Khariroh said that 50 percent of sexual violence cases were not reported and were solved through mediation, where often resulted in the victim forced to marry the perpetrator.
"This has happened because of the misconception against sexual violence," said Riri at the United Development Party (PPP) Headquarters on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Riri explained that this misconception is the main cause of the victim's reluctance to report the violence they experienced. Other than that, there is also an element of the attitude shown by authorized personnel that lack of sensitivity in handling the case and would often blame the victims.
Riri revealed that sexual violence against women has increased annually, with the commission's record showing 335,062 cases in 2017, which is a dramatic increase compared to the 259,150 cases recorded in 2016.
She maintained that there are four factors that caused the increase, such as power relation inequality, patriarchy, society's permissiveness, and weak law enforcement.
Riri also talked about the urgency of discussing the Revised Law upon eradicating sexual violence (RUU PKS) by the House of Representatives (DPR) which should be able to prevent cases of sexual violence.
"Based on the legal aspect, so far it has always burdened the victims," Riri said.