2018 - Ongoing
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Sexual violence is traumatic. It turns a woman’s life upside down. In Banu’s case, it totally changed everything since it happened two years ago. She used to be a very brave and reliable human rights activist, before the night when she was raped by a male friend. Months after, she got diagnosed with PTSD, and her life was changed forever. She started to lose faith to the people around her, her religion and even more to herself. From then on, she slowly stepped down from the podium, deciding to keep her life under the radar.
What had happened to Banu also affected a lot of women in Indonesia. The National Commission on Violence Against Women published a statement in 2018 that each year thousands of Indonesian women were subjected to sexual violence. With more than 6,000 cases reported in 2017. The society's lack of knowledge towards women's rights and psychosocial disability make the life of a survivor like Banu even harder. Because of her PTSD, Banu has been having difficulty to get a job, unable to finish her study, and some friends even staying away from her. Her life became very gloomy and uncertain, but up until now she always tries to have faith in what it’s like to be a woman, and to be alive.