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Surabaya student investigated for so-called ‘sexual mummification’ of multiple victims

first_imgContent warning: This story contains information about sexual assault that may be disturbing to some readers.Authorities are investigating allegations that a student at Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, East Java, sexually assaulted multiple people after several first-person accounts of the allegations went viral on Twitter.The accused student, Gilang, allegedly tricked his victims into performing an act known as “bondage mummification” under the pretense of academic research. The case garnered public attention after a Twitter user with the handle @m_fikris gave an account of his encounter with Gilang, who allegedly claimed to be looking for a research subject for his thesis about “wrappings”.The user wrote that Gilang persistently begged him to take part in the research, saying he was at risk of failing his studies for not finishing his thesis. Gilang was in his fifth year of university.“I felt sorry, so I agreed to help. He told me that the research subject needed to be wrapped from head to toe so they could show emotions such as anxiety. [At first] I refused, but he convinced me that it was totally safe,” @m_fikris wrote.Gilang sent instructions for @m_fikris and his friend to take turns covering each other’s bodies, including their mouths and eyes, with duct tape. He also instructed them to wrap their bodies in jarik [traditional Javanese cloth]. Gilang asked them to record the process and to send him the footage afterwards.Another victim, who requested anonymity, said Gilang had asked him to visit his boarding house to help with his “research” last year. He said Gilang wrapped him in cloth, stripped him naked and sexually assaulted him.“The incident has traumatized me for the last eight months. I’ve had nightmares about it,” the person told The Jakarta Post.Read also: Child sex abuse survivors are five times more likely to be the victims of sexual assault later in lifeAnother victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said he managed an escape from Gilang’s attempts in March. The 19-year-old college freshman from Surabaya had initially agreed to help Gilang with his research.“As Gilang was not in Surabaya because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he asked me to carry out the wrapping process with one of his relatives and send him pictures and videos of the process,” the 19-year-old said.He met Gilang’s “relative”, a high school student who, he discovered, had been blackmailed by Gilang into participating in the so-called research.A third victim, a 24-year-old, said he had been assaulted by Gilang in 2015 when they were both university freshmen.While he was sleeping at Gilang’s boarding house after a university event, he said he could feel Gilang cover his body with a blanket and grope him.“Strangely, I could not move at that time. I suppose he had drugged me. I confronted him the next day, and he admitted all his actions,” said the victim.Read also: Justice delayed, denied for victims of sexual abuse in Catholic ChurchUnair spokesperson Suko Widodo confirmed that Gilang was a student at the university’s School of Cultural Sciences (FIB) and had enrolled in 2015.Suko added that the school’s ethics commission and the Surabaya Police were investigating the allegations against Gilang, including those filed several years ago.“I cannot say much because we haven’t been able to contact Gilang yet. However, we would expel him if he was found guilty of committing the sexual harassment [that he has been accused of] as it would be a serious violation,” the spokesperson said.Suko said no faculty members had received any prior reports but that he was looking into the matter further.The FIB has established an information center for victims who want to report their cases and has prepared counseling services for victims.Topics :last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS runs: Jan. 26 to Jan. 31, 2016

first_img26-Jan4:05 PMGrass Fire500 block E. 30th Avenue 29-Jan3:48 PMLift Assist700 block W. Harvey 26-Jan12:41 AMMedical Emergency1500 block N. Plum 28-Jan4:26 PMMedical Emergency700 block W. Harvey 27-Jan6:17 AMMedical Emergency1400 block Michigan 27-Jan10:08 AMInvestigate Odor100 block S. Woodlawn 29-Jan8:47 PMMedical Emergency100 block N. Washington 31-Jan10:12 PMTransfer to Wichita 28-Jan1:25 PMTransfer to Wichita Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 31-Jan5:30 PMTransfer to Wichita 29-Jan12:26 PMGrass FireWellington Lake 28-Jan8:08 PMTransfer to Wichita Follow us on Twitter.center_img 29-Jan4:23 PMMedical Trauma900 block N. Poplar 31-Jan11:43 PMVehicle in the WaterWoods Park 30-Jan1:35 AMMedical Emergency800 block N. Woodlawn 30-Jan3:53 AMTransfer to Wichita 27-Jan11:01 PMTransfer to Wichita 27-Jan5:32 PMMedical Emergency1000 block W. 8th 31-Jan3:39 PMMedical Emergency400 block N. West Rd. 30-Jan11:08 AMMedical Emergency700 block N. Poplar 30-Jan10:21 PMMedical Emergency100 block S. Hillside Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log The Wellington Fire and EMS Weekly Run log for Jan. 26 to Jan. 31, 2016 are as follows:  29-Jan10:24 AMCarbon Monoxide600 block S. Washingtonlast_img read more

Aussie charged under terror law

first_imgProponents of the new system say they expect the federal courts to rule in favor of the military commissions. Meanwhile, Australia, a steadfast U.S. ally in the War on Terror, has been pressuring the Bush administration to send Hicks back to his native country. Last month, Sandra Hodgkinson, the State Department’s deputy director for war crimes issues, told reporters that “it’s certainly believed that Mr. Hicks may be able to carry out his incarceration, after the appeals process is complete, in Australia.” President George W. Bush and Congress established the new legal system last fall. Lawmakers set up the tribunals after the Supreme Court ruled an older version established by Bush was unconstitutional because it lacked Congress’ blessing and violated international agreements. WASHINGTON – The Bush administration filed charges Thursday against an Australian captured in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and held ever since without trial, the first terror-war suspect to face prosecution under a new system of military tribunals. David Hicks, a 31-year-old former kangaroo skinner now held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, was charged with providing material support for terrorism and could face life imprisonment if convicted. Court challenges are certain before any trial. Hicks’ case, which has attracted broad attention in the U.S. and overseas, could well become the one that opponents of the new military tribunal system use to challenge the system at the Supreme Court. Opponents of the military commissions say they are illegal because they do not afford many legal rights guaranteed under the Constitution. “It all seems to be an intermingling of politics and pressure,” said Jumana Musa, advocacy director for Amnesty International. “But none of it screams to me to be in the interest of justice.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more