Indonesia: New Sexual Violence Law Passes, Expands Types of Sexual Abuse
Friday, April 15, 2022 4:40 PM

The Indonesian Parliament passed a long-awaited sexual violence bill, RUU TPKS, into law on April 12th. The law expands the types of sexual abuse to include physical assault, non-physical sexual harassment, forced contraception, forced sterilization, forced marriage, sexual torture, sexual exploitation, sexual slavery, and sexual abuse online/electronically. The law also expands types of evidence accepted in court such as a statement from a psychologist, bars police from refusing to investigate sexual abuse, includes sexual abuse within marriages, and provides more support for victims.  

Compiled from: Aisyah Llewellyn, Explainer: Why is Indonesia’s sexual violence law so important?, Aljazeerja (April 14 2022).