Jakarta (ANTARA) - Sexual harassment and rape cases were the most frequent forms of violence against women in the public space reported in 2022, member of the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) Theresia Iswarini stated.

"Sexual harassment and rape ranked highest in terms of violence in the public space followed by trafficking, physical violence, sexual violence, abuse, and obscenity," the commission member noted here on Thursday.

The commission also drew attention to the high number of violence case complaints in the cyberspace throughout 2022.

"Data shows that violence in the cyberspace remains as high as the previous year according to the complaints received by Komnas Perempuan," Iswarini pointed out.

In 2022, Komnas Perempuan received 869 complaints concerning violence in the cyberspace. This was followed by violence in households, reaching 136 cases, and 115 cases in the workplace.

In relation to this, the commission has encouraged the issuance of the Sexual Violence Crime Law (UU TPKS).

Moreover, Iswarini pressed for the revision of the Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law that still criminalizes victims.

She noted that violence perpetrators reported to the commission were still mainly strangers, social media friends, friends, and bosses.

It is directly proportional to the number of three most frequent cases in the public space.

Komnas Perempuan also recorded that there were still several respected figures, who instead of serving as protectors and examples, had turned out to be the perpetrators of violence, she pointed out.

Such figures included teachers, lecturers, religious figures, and public officials.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo had underlined his support to ensure the eradication of violence against women and implementation of the Sexual Violence Crime Law.

He also encouraged the existence of a better legal umbrella for women workers, especially women domestic workers.

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