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Wearing mini-skirts, New Men's Alliance rejects sexual violence and rape

Detik News - April 7, 2013

Septiana Ledysia, Jakarta Ė Five men calling themselves the New Men's Alliance (ALB) held a silent action opposing all forms of violence and rape against women at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday April 7.

At 8.30am, the five men donned mini-skirts, with each holding posters measuring around 60cm x 80cm with messages such as, "Men Unite against Rape" and "Real Men Think with their Brains, not their Penises".

The action attracted the attention of local people in and around Hotel Indonesia, with several inviting them to take photographs together.

"We held this silent action wearing mini-skirts to see if men wear mini-skirts whether there will still be rapes", one of the action coordinators Shera told Detik.com.

Shera also said that they held the action because there are too many rapes and cases of sexual violence in Indonesia and the government should not just ban women from wearing sexy attire.

"This shows that it is not the mini-skirts, but rather who is the target and object [of sexual violence]", he added. (spt/rmd)

[Pakai Rok Mini di Bundaran HI, 5 Pria Tolak Kekerasan Terhadap Wanita - detikNews. Minggu, 07/04/2013. Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft news service.]

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