Pornography claimed to be strongest causal factor in sexual assaults

"It is followed by alcohol and drugs," the minister noted.
Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has identified pornography as the most dominant causal factor in sexual assaults, which are rampant in the country.

"It is followed by alcohol and drugs," the minister noted.

Sexual assaults, encouraged by pornography, are one of main topics currently being discussed by the presidential advisory team, she revealed.

The team discussed the issue as the incidents of sexual violence have increased to an alarming level in the country, particularly since such crimes were usually committed by a group of people, the minister noted.

"Yesterday afternoon, I read (news on sexual assault) in Situbondo, and this morning in Pemalang," she remarked.

Minister Khofifah affirmed that from the interviews she took while visiting juveniles, who had committed crimes recently, she had reached a conclusion that pornography was the dominant factor, among other things.

"Some 65 to 75 percent (of them) admitted to have accessed pornography," she stated.

The minister views the problem as alarming despite the fact that the communication and informatics ministry had blocked some 750 thousand pornographic websites.

Therefore, Minister Khofifah suggested that an effective measure to anticipate such a phenomenon was to raise awareness among the younger generation on the advantages and disadvantages of information technology.

"Children must be made aware that the Internet could make one smart, but it could also be detrimental," she added.(*)

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