UNS — Student Executive Board (BEM) of the Vocational School (SV) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta persuaded the community to boycott television programs that invite pedophilia and sexual abusers as a guest. This persuasion was delivered by the Directorate General of Women Empowerment BEM SV UNS through their statement after the glorification of SJ – a dangdut singer sexual violence on 17 years old boy – freedom from his jail time in LP Cipinang for seven years and seven months.

“Concerning public restlessness over SJ appearance in television and several broadcasting media in a way that does not respect the victim and framing, which is feared to trigger trauma for the victim and give a negative example for the community,” BEM SV UNS President, Dessy Latifatul Laila, stated.

The release from BEM SV UNS on Monday (6/9/2021) through the association’s official Instagram account Suara.setara, contains four points. First, BEM SV UNS refuse the glorification of pedophilia and sexual abuse towards minor in any forms, especially for SJ case. Second, BEM SV UNS urges television stations that invite SJ to stop their program. Third, BEM SV UNS demands the Indonesia Broadcasting Commission (KPI), as the regulator of television broadcasting in Indonesia, to ban SJ from appearing in television programs.

“As the representative from BEM SV UNS, especially that focusing on sexual harassment and violence invited all academic members and the public to boycott SJ by not watching the television program with SK and do not give a stage in other broadcasting media,” she stated.

Dessy Latifatul Laila also said that her organization support and gives attention to sexual violence victims. She added that she did not want the victim’s physical or psychological trauma to continue while the perpetrator moved freely in the community.

“We made this statement wholeheartedly and as a form of support for the victim that all forms of sexual violence must be abolished to create a safe environment,” she added.

As reported by various media, on Thursday (2/9/2021), SJ was freed after serving jail time for sexual violence case on 17 years old children and an effort to bribe the clerk of the North Jakarta District Court (PN). When he got out of the prison, SJ received a warm welcome from the family, fans, and media crew by giving him a garland and paraded using a red supercar.

This glorification led to a polemic, especially towards the entertainment industry in national television that invited him as a guest star. Humas UNS

Reporter: Yefta Christopherus AS
Editor: Dwi Hastuti

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