Woman Catches Her Rapist In Traffic Jam, Helps Inspire Indonesia's Slut Walk

Slutwalks started after a Toronto cop suggested women could avoid rape by not dressing like sluts. They went way beyond Toronto, but it appears that the women of Jakarta had a more local example for their miniskirted march.


Recently, after reports that a 27-year-old woman had been gang-raped in a taxi van, Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo declared that women should "wear sensible clothes, don't wear ‘inviting' clothes. You can imagine, if [a woman] wears short skirt and sits next to the driver, it could be ‘inviting.'" He said of women on motorbike taxis, "If you... wear short pants or a miniskirt, do not sit like a man, just side saddle. If you side saddle, there will be no problem."

According to Reuters, fifty women came out Sunday to protest his remarks:

Women carried placards saying "Don't tell us how to dress, tell them not to rape," and "My body is not porn, instead it's your dirty mind."
"Public officials should remain silent rather than making discriminatory statements against women. They are supposed to be sensitive and it is their job to find real solution to violence against women," said Tunggal Prawestu, a spokeswoman for the event organizers.

Obviously, the issues around sexual violence and clothing are different when raised in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world, where an Islamic group singles out women who dress "inappropriately" for attack.

Incredibly, the survivor of the gang rape didn't wait for the authorities for justice: According to The Jakarta Globe, she became "angry after police failed to report any progress," and returned to the scene of the crime, scanning the drivers until she found the one who kidnapped and raped her. That's when she started screaming for the police to arrest him. He's since confessed and been charged.


According to The Globe, "The driver was not able to escape because he was stuck in traffic."

Woman Catches Her Rapist In A Jakarta Traffic Jam [Jakarta Globe]
Don't Blame Us For Rape, Say Miniskirted Jakarta Women [Reuters]



What I find so ridiculous about all these "don't dress like stripper because men won't be able to help themselves" comments is that they're extraordinarily insulting to men. If I were a man, I would be extremely offended by the implication that I, because of my gender, am incapable of self control. Seriously, how low of standards do you have to have for men to believe that they're no better than animals, unable to stop themselves from RAPING SOMEONE because she's dressed a certain way? Yeah, there have been times when I've wanted to punch, kick, mutilate, even kill someone (not seriously, but you know what I mean) because they've pissed me off. I wish I could just take a shit on the street every time I have to go to the bathroom. It would be pretty easy to mug an old lady, and I could use some extra cash.

But why don't I do these things? Because I am a HUMAN BEING who can control my carnal urges. I don't just do whatever I desire at any particular moment.

Of course, I understand that rape is really more about power than actual sexual attraction, but if you're gonna go with the whole "He couldn't help it!" excuse, you deny men their agency. Your choice; you can't have it both ways.