Pay attention to the following things if you experience sexual harassment

Experiencing sexual harassment is a nightmare for everyone. Not infrequently victims who choose to remain silent and keep the heartbreaking tragedy alone, for reasons of shame and fear of being blamed. It’s important to get help if you’re being sexually assaulted.

Sexual harassment is a forced sexual activity. Various sexual activities can be classified as sexual harassment, this can include rape, oral sex, anal sex, kissing and body groping. In 2021, the Indonesian government has passed a chemical castration penalty for perpetrators of sexual violence against children.

Impact of Sexual Harassment

Of the various victims of sexual harassment, not a few of them may have experienced physical and mental trauma after a heartbreaking incident. Common impacts on victims of sexual harassment include:

Crying often
Easy to get angry
Insecurity
Having trouble sleeping
Unwanted pregnancy
Sexually transmitted infections
Vaginal inflammation (vaginitis)

In addition, a very worrying impact of sexual harassment is depression which can trigger the risk of suicide.

What Sexual Harassment Victims Need to Do

For those of you who have experienced sexual harassment, don’t just shut up and shut up. Here are the things you should do:

Tell those closest to you
In times like these, you cannot carry all the burdens alone. Tell and release all your complaints to the closest people or your support system, either family or friends.
Health check
You don’t know what the perpetrator’s health condition is like. He could be suffering from a dangerous infectious disease. Immediately visit the hospital to check yourself, whether you have a sexually transmitted disease. Perform regular check-ups and treatments so that the disease can be treated and not progressed. You will also be asked to do an examination or test to find out whether you are pregnant or not. Most women are given emergency contraceptive pills that can prevent you from getting pregnant.
Take counseling
After experiencing sexual harassment, you are advised to get counseling to restore your psyche. Sexual harassment is an experience that can leave a person traumatized.
Report the incident to the authorities
Maybe you are embarrassed or afraid if many people know about your condition. However, reporting to law enforcement is highly recommended in order to punish the perpetrators and so that this incident does not happen to others.

Here’s what you need to do when you want to report an incident of sexual harassment to the police:

Prepare all evidence, such as clothing or bed linen. It is recommended not to wash the object after the incident.
If you find the perpetrator’s belongings left behind, you can keep them as evidence.
Describe everything that happened during the sexual harassment, such as the place, time, characteristics of the perpetrator (or if you know the perpetrator, you can name him), and what the perpetrator said.
After making a report, the authorities will escort and can provide a visa inspection request to the

It is not easy to forget a traumatic event such as sexual harassment. However, taking the above treatment steps, can prevent you from health risks and severe depression. Consult a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist for proper treatment.

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