Target: Chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection Arist Merdeka Sirait
Goal: Reevaluate the policies of a school that expelled and humiliated a student who was gang raped and ensure that victims of sexual assault are not treated like criminals at their own schools.
Last week Budi Utomo Junior High, a private school just outside of Jakarta, Indonesia, expelled a fourteen-year-old gang rape victim for damaging the school’s image. Before being expelled, the student returned to school and found only disdain and ridicule in a place where every student should feel protected. After being kidnapped for a week and raped by multiple men, the student came back to school after a month and was humiliated during a flag-hoisting ceremony when it was announced, in front of her peers, that she was being expelled for tarnishing the school’s image.
It has been reported that the student was lured into a human trafficking group via Facebook when she met up with a man and was kidnapped. Her kidnapping lasted a week and she was raped by multiple men, often times drunk, throughout the week, and was threatened to be killed and even sold. It was only after the media caught wind and relentlessly covered the story that the girl was dropped off at the airport.
It was again the media who aided in the reversal of the schools decision to expel the student for tarnishing the schools image. They, along with the Chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection, Arist Merdeka Sirait, created such an objection to the expulsion, that the school had no choice but to reverse its decision. The Chairman even wrote letters to the school’s management and is also planning to write a letter to the education ministry asking them to review the school’s license.
As of the time of the expulsion reversal the student has yet to return to school. After the emotional trauma of a rape and kidnapping and the subsequent humiliation at her school, the timing could not be better to show our support for this student’s return to normalcy and attempt to begin to heal from this ordeal and for the Chairman’s decision to stand by this student and see that the proper acts of justice are taken to ensure higher standards for not only this particular student, but if any student in the future should have to deal this horrific situation.
Please sign the petition below showing not only your support for this student’s return to school, but also in supporting Arist Merdeka Sirait’s efforts to demand a review of the schools license and ultimately ensure that if anything like this should happen in the future it will be handled with a more delicate and supportive nature, treating the student like a victim of a horrific crime, and not a criminal.
Dear Arist Merdeka Sirait, Chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection,
It is outrageous to hear of a fourteen year-old girl being expelled for being a victim of rape. A rape situation in and of itself is more than anyone should have to deal with, especially at such a young age, but to not obtain the support of her school, the one place where she should feel safe, is atrocious. Schools should never be allowed to humiliate their students under any circumstances.
At a time when a child’s biggest worry should be an upcoming test, and not overcoming a rape that will forever stay with her, it is necessary to not only show the student support in returning to the school that made her feel even more ashamed, but to hold the school responsible for its actions.
Please continue your efforts to help this poor student, whose childhood has already been so cruelly taken from her. I applaud your letter of protest to the schools management and would like to support your attempts to hold the school accountable, and to contact the education ministry asking them to review the school’s license, and ensure a situation like this is no longer allowed to happen.
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