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‘Take all the time in the world to heal’: Agni’s message for victims of sexual assault

first_imgSitting in her small rented bedroom on a recent Monday, Agni often had to pause and take deep breaths as she recalled just some of the memories of her assault and her efforts to seek justice over the past three years.Her eyes looked tired.“I feel very exhausted, to a point where I want to wake up and know that the sexual violence bill has passed; that there’s a guarantee no one will ever have to experience what I feel,” Agni told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview via video conference.“I want the right to feel safe.” Indonesia will always remember Agni as the girl who ignited the fire in the fight against all forms of sexual abuse in the culturally conservative country.In 2018, it was her story of assault that set off a wave of support and solidarity that gave Indonesia its very own #MeToo moment dubbed #KitaAgni (#WeAreAgni), which has arguably become one of the largest social movements to end sexual harassment that the nation has ever seen.Two years on, Agni has graduated from university, and while she is still in awe and ever grateful for the positive force that her story has become, she also continues to fight the demons of trauma every single day. Read also: Victims of sexual abuse on campus seek justice, support on social mediaAgni is the pseudonym of a former female student of Gadjah Mada University who was allegedly sexually assaulted by another student in 2017 during a community development program in the province of Maluku.After a long and tiring legal fight, Agni and her legal counsel, the UGM rectorate, as well as the alleged perpetrator, HS, settled the case out of court.HS never got dismissed from the university, as per Agni’s demand. But her story reverberated across the country, inspiring petitions, policies, social movements and discussions to end sexual assault on campuses, not only at UGM but also in other universities in Indonesia.But even as she remains grateful for all that she helped inspire, Agni never really recovered from her trauma. Currently working in a private company, Agni said any information or news related to sexual assault could become a trigger.“I live alone now and I struggle every time I have these anxiety attacks; it takes me one to two hours to finally calm myself down. In those instances, I might hyperventilate, my chest would hurt, I’d feel a prickling sensation [on my skin] and my lips would go dry,” Agni said.She said she was really tired of trying to keep herself from inflicting self-harm. If a security camera were to be installed in her bedroom, there would definitely be a recording of her crawling across the floor in agony.“I wonder if people will be disappointed to see me like this,” Agni said.For a while, she stopped talking and stared at her bedroom wall.A student of Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) signs a petition to support Agni, the pseudonym of a UGM student who was allegedly raped by a fellow student in 2017, and to encourage the university to take action against sexual violence on campus. (The Jakarta Post/Bambang Muryanto)“Recently we’ve always used the word ‘survivor’ instead of ‘victim’ to show that we are strong,” she finally continued. “We tend to forget that survivors are first and foremost victims. I want people to know that most of the time I am fearful, I’m tired and I want to give up,” Agni said.According to a March report from the National Commission for Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), the number of reported sexual violence cases in Indonesia continues to increase, from 259,150 in 2016 to 348,446 in 2017, 406,178 in 2018 and 431,471 in 2019.The report found that in the last 12 years alone, violence against women in Indonesia has increased eightfold.However, not much has been said about the impacts of sexual violence on the emotional and mental wellbeing of victims, even though experts say they can be equally serious or even worse than physical scars or bruises.According to the World Health Organization, one in every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way — most often by someone she knows. Yet public services, such as quality mental health services, are rarely planned with women’s safety, recovery and healing from violence in mind.As a result of the trauma, many women survivors develop emotional or mental health problems that require timely, comprehensive and professional treatment. But too often, this critical health service is not available or accessible for a vast majority of survivors, especially in low- to middle-income countries.Read also: Mental health: The forgotten element in human developmentFor Agni, it took a long time for her to tell herself that it is OK not to be OK.“My message for other victims is that you should take all the time in the world to heal and that it’s OK to be weak and unapologetic about it. I’m not saying this to make you feel weak or say that you can’t be brave; what I want to say is do it on your own terms,” she said.“Be strong, but if you don’t feel like being strong, then reach out to your friends.”Agni said that after her case was closed, UGM never bothered to contact her again, not even to check on her mental health. And under the current laws, victims of sexual assault like Agni are not entitled to get help from the government, including for their mental recovery.Victims, she said, are never really given the opportunity to recover.“What we can do is help them go through that [trauma],” she said.It was, therefore, pivotal to have the sexual violence bill passed, as it would require the government to provide rehabilitation services for victims to overcome the physical, psychological and social impacts of abuse.“It’s expensive and sometimes the victims don’t realize that they need to recover. If this is well regulated, then […] they’d be directed to it,” she said.Contacted separately, Lidwina Inge Nurtjahyo, a lecturer at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Law, said that although some sexual assault cases at UI remained unresolved and the university had not done enough to aid in the victims’ recovery, Agni’s story had brought about some major changes in how it addressed sexual assault.“Agni, like her name, means [in Sanskrit] a fire that lights up the spirits of students and lecturers in universities who are fed up with issues of sexual assault on campus,” Inge told the Post recently.As a result, she said, the university had started conducting workshops on how to prevent sexual assault, which included familiarizing the concepts of consent and respect for other people’s bodies.Read also: UI rebuffs criticism of consensual sex classAgni’s story has also inspired other student movements like UII Bergerak, which seeks to push the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta to take cases of sexual assault on campus more seriously.“Agni’s case has raised awareness about the gender struggle, especially in Yogya,” said Sabiq Muhammad, a member of UII Bergerak.“Antisexual violence causes or cases similar to that of Agni’s used to be an open secret, but since the solidarity movement for Agni began, these discussions have gotten much more attention.”People march to mark the 2020 International Women’s Day in Yogyakarta on March 8. The march raised awareness about the fight against sexual violence at universities in the city. The pictured sign reads: “Sexual assault on campus is more dangerous than the coronavirus.” (JP/Bambang Muryanto)Like UGM, many universities and schools have started drafting regulations on sexual assault on campus and included relevant learning materials during campus orientation.Agni’s case has also inspired news coverage on sexual assault on campus, including the #NamaBaikKampus (#CampusReputation) collaboration.The project, initiated in 2019 by the Post, Tirto and VICE Indonesia, revealed indications of rampant sexual abuse in the country’s higher education institutions, based on the testimonies of 174 survivors from 79 state, private and religious universities.As the person at the center of this movement, Agni said she felt there was still a long way to go until women in Indonesia could start feeling safe.“As long as the government is still absent [in this fight], we will just be exhausting ourselves,” she said.But she also believes it is progress whenever more victims of sexual assault speak up and reach out for help, even if it is on social media.“People are ready, they really need this bill […] If they speak up on social media, then they believe somebody will trust them. But these are people on the internet, not the state,” she said.“Without the sexual violence bill, there will always be a gap between those who muster up the courage to seek justice and the things that can help them reach their goals.”Topics :last_img read more

Foreign buyers retreat from national housing market, but not Qld

first_imgThe latest FIRB report reveals foreign investment in Australia’s housing market has fallen, but demand for Queensland property remains steady.The figure is almost unchanged from 18 per cent in 2016/17.It’s a different story nationally, with the number of residential real estate approvals peaking in 2015/16 at 40,000, with a proposed investment value of $72.4 billion, before plummeting to just 10,000 in fiscal 2018.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoChina accounts for the majority of residential real estate approvals.Carrie Law, chief executive of Chinese real estate website, said that while Chinese demand for residential real estate nationally had fallen, a recovery was on the way. China accounts for the majority of Australia’s residential real estate approvals. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.“The FIRB data is already nine months old,” Ms Law said.“The data is finally starting to reflect what happened last year. Chinese buying dropped off significantly due to foreign buyer taxes and capital controls. “Our data suggests the fall in Chinese demand is over. “We expect Chinese buying to be flat in 2019.” The latest FIRB report reveals foreign investment in Australia’s housing market has fallen. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.THERE has been a dramatic fall in foreign investment in Australia’s housing market, but demand for Queensland property remains steady.The latest Foreign Investment Review Board report reveals the value of approvals for foreign investment in residential real estate nationally fell $17.5 billion over the 2017/18 financial year to $12.5 billion.Queensland received 17 per cent of all residential real estate approvals last financial year, with an investment value of $1.4 billion — more than the ACT, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania combined.center_img The latest FIRB report reveals foreign investment in Australia housing is waning. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.Ms Law said Chinese buying in 2017-18 was most impacted by three factors — the unexpected canceling of promised mortgage loans by Australian banks, higher foreign stamp duty taxes and capital controls making it more difficult to move money from China.More than 17 per cent of all residential properties found to be in breach of foreign investment rules in 2017/18 were in Queensland.A recent report from found demand from Chinese buyers for the Brisbane housing market actually rose 35 per cent in the 12 months to May 2018.last_img read more

Equinor responds to coronavirus outbreak with changes to executive committee

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas major Equinor has decided on temporary changes to the corporate executive committee to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Chief executive Eldar Sætre. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)The coronavirus, measures to limit the spread, and the significant fall in oil prices have huge impact on the global economy, and on individuals and companies across the world.As a response to the current situation, Equinor is now making temporary changes to ensure an effective response and coordinated efforts across all business areas to manage the situation both short and long-term, the Norwegian company said on Tuesday.Eldar Sætre, CEO of Equinor, said: “These are challenging times for us all, as individuals, families, societies and companies. We are facing uncertainty, many are afraid for their and their loved one’s health, others of losing their jobs and concerned for their future. Our response must be to do our utmost to limit the spread of the virus and to take care of safety and health. At the same time, we must make every effort to keep operations and business going and to produce and deliver the energy the world needs.”Equinor is establishing a temporary corporate project to handle both short-term immediate response and long-term implications. The project will be established and structured over the coming days and will be headed by EVP Pål Eitrheim reporting directly to CEO Eldar Sætre.An already working internal project focusing on immediate response and short-term business continuity issues will be incorporated into the new corporate project. Eitrheim will in this role still be part of the CEC. SVP Jens Økland will be acting head of NES while Eitrheim is heading this project.“The outbreak of the coronavirus and the fall in commodity prices will impact Equinor for a long time. We are a robust company with a strong balance sheet, and we are now really benefitting from the strong improvements in recent years. But it will be necessary to take forceful action to reduce risk, protect our business and operations and to ensure the long-term robustness of our company. I have therefore asked Pål Eitrheim to lead our work on this and it will be on top of the agenda for our Corporate Executive Committee and Board of Directors,” said Sætre.Equinor said it has already implemented significant measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure business continuity during these challenging times, including reducing and delaying non-critical tasks at fields and plants, implemented procedures for working from home and taken strict travel restrictions and quarantine measures.There will be uncertainty and volatility going forward, and Equinor will continuously evaluate measures to respond.“Keeping production going and ensuring that we can deliver oil and gas to our customers have high priority,” the company concluced.It is worth reminding that, earlier in March, following suspension of helicopter flights to several Equinor’s offshore installations due to suspected coronavirus case, one person at the Martin Linge field in the North Sea tested positive on the coronavirus.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Using weed during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children, study finds

first_imgCNN Health 23 September 2020Family First Comment: NEW STUDY: Children whose mothers had used during pregnancy were more likely to have psychotic-like behaviours and more attention, social and sleep problems, as well as weaker cognitive abilities. If the woman continued to use after she discovered she was pregnant, the negative effects were more pronounced, the study found, and stayed after adjusting for confounding variables. Use of marijuana by pregnant women has been growing in the United States and other countries such as Canada in recent decades. If you’re one of the growing numbers of women who use weed while pregnant, think twice: A new study found it may increase psychotic-like behaviors in children.The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, analyzed data on 11,489 children who were followed as part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which says it’s the “largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States.” The children’s cognitive and behavior patterns were evaluated in middle childhood, around age 9. Of those children, 655 were exposed to cannabis while in utero, according to statements from the mothers. Compared to the 10,834 children with no exposure, children whose mothers had used during pregnancy were more likely to have psychotic-like behaviors and more attention, social and sleep problems, as well as weaker cognitive abilities. If the woman continued to use after she discovered she was pregnant, the negative effects were more pronounced, the study found, and stayed after adjusting for confounding variables.“Use of cannabis despite knowledge of pregnancy might represent a preexisting and more severe form of cannabis use,” the authors wrote.A growing problemUse of marijuana by pregnant women has been growing in the United States and other countries such as Canada in recent decades. A 2019 analysis of over 450,000 pregnant American women ages 12 to 44 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found cannabis use more than doubled between 2002 and 2017.The vast majority of marijuana use was during the first three months of pregnancy, the study found, and it was predominantly recreational rather than medical.center_img Yet the first trimester may be one of the most sensitive times for the developing brain of a fetus, when it’s most susceptible to damage. Not only does THC — the compound in marijuana that makes you high — enter the fetal brain from the mother’s bloodstream, but once there it can impact the baby’s developing brain.Studies have found receptors for cannabis in the brains of animals as early as five and six weeks of gestational age.READ MORE: read more

Duterte: We cannot ban taxed tobacco products

first_imgDuterte on Thursday said unlike vapes,tobacco products are being taxed in the country. Republic Act 11346 imposes an increaseof P45 to P60 per pack in excise tax beginning next year to 2023 and then5-percent yearly hike effective Jan. 1, 2024. “Sabiko sa pulis, hulihin ninyo basta inpublic. Eh may nicotine. Parang sigarilyo, eh di bawal. Pati ‘yung sadisplay ipatanggal na ninyo. Hindiako papayag,” added Duterte./PN “Why (we) cannot ban cigarettes? Why?Because we allow its manufacture and maybe the importation of tobacco,” Duterteadded. Duterte reiterated his order to banthe use of vapes due to its nicotine content. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOOcenter_img MANILA – Unlike vaping products orelectronic cigarettes, President Rodrigo Duterte said he cannot ban the manufactureand importation of tobacco in the country. “We allow it, pinapayagan natin tapos we tax them. So, ‘yung produce nila ‘yungsigarilyo na lumalabas sa factory hindinatin mapigilan. Pero sabi ko harmful ‘yan.Hindi mo yan magamit saan saan,” he said. “Itongvaping may nicotine…pero may nilagay kayong mga flavoring diyan,” he said.  Two years ago, Duterte banned smoking inpublic spaces and he recently signed a law increasing the excise tax on tobaccoproducts.last_img read more

‘Illegal cockfighting’ lands 4 men in jail

first_imgBACOLOD City – Four persons were caughtengaging in illegal cockfighting in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City, NegrosOccidental. Recovered from them were five game fowlsand bet money amounting to P2,165. Police identified them as Willy Clarito,42; Edgardo Barona, 57; Regine Sagrada, 29; and Andrew Tabotabo, 20 – allresidents of Silay City. They were nabbed around 12 p.m. on March1 when police officers chanced upon them engaging in an illegal cockfight. The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the Silay City police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

Super Bowl LI Revisited

first_imgThe New England Patriots obviously made a tremendous come back by scoring the last 31 points and defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.  You have to congratulate Tom Brady for an unbelievable passing performance to accomplish this feat.  He leaves little doubt that he will be called the greatest quarterback ever.My take on the Super Bowl was that the Atlanta Falcons allowed this come back because they decided they had won the Super Bowl when they went ahead 28-3 in the 3rd quarter.  They were already laughing and celebrating on the sidelines.  From that point on they neither played offense or defense the last 17 minutes.  Their concentration was broken and they let a big win get away.last_img read more

Second positive COVID-19 linked to same conference as first

first_imgHendricks County, IN—The Indiana State Department of Health has identified the second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the state. The patient, an adult who resides in Hendricks County, is in isolation at home with mild symptoms.The patient traveled to Boston in late February to attend the BioGen conference and developed mild flu-like symptoms on March 2. More than a dozen COVID-19 cases nationwide have been tied to the conference, including a Marion County resident who was identified Friday as Indiana’s first COVID-19 case. That patient also remains in self-isolation with mild symptoms.Dr. Kris Box with the ISDH is asking Hoosiers who attended the BioGen conference to self-quarantine at home, monitor for symptoms, and notify their local health department or a healthcare provider if they develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. This guidance is consistent with information BioGen shared with conference participants.last_img read more

A Hat-trick and missed penalty for Ronaldo in Real Madrid win

first_imgCRISTIANO Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty as Real Madrid beat Alaves to increase their lead at the top of La Liga.Deyverson gave Alaves an early lead but conceded a penalty which was converted by Portugal forward Ronaldo.Ronaldo added a second before the break with a deflected shot but had a second spot-kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco 10 minutes from time.Alvaro Morata scored Real’s third before Ronaldo completed his treble.Zinedine Zidane’s side are two points above Barcelona, who beat Granada 1-0 later on Saturday.Real are three clear of city rivals Atletico Madrid – 4-2 winners over Malaga – and Sevilla, who dropped from second to fourth with a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon.Alaves were unbeaten at home in La Liga before this match, but once again Ronaldo’s impact on the game was decisive.The 31-year-old confidently sent Pacheco the wrong away from the penalty spot to equalise after Brazilian forward Deyverson was deemed to have handled, then his long-range effort sailed into the top corner.Pacheco dived low to his low to save Ronaldo’s second penalty, but Real’s record goalscorer completed his hat-trick after exchanging passes with Marcelo inside the area. (BBC Sport)last_img read more