Author(s): Siswantari Pratiwi
Children are often considered to be weak, innocent, and easily deceived, when children are free from parental supervision, they are vulnerable to being victims of sexual violence by immoral people who want to satisfy their sexual desires without thinking about the suffering they have to go through. Various rules have been arranged to protect children, but in reality, sexual violence against children continues to occur, this has led to public unrest, especially parents. For this reason, this study was conducted to find out how much the child victims of sexual violence have the highest priority to get protection in law enforcement practices so far. Data analysis techniques used a normative juridical research approach, and the results of interviews with informants as well as an analysis of court decisions on cases of sexual violence against children, in DKI Jakarta and Bekasi.
The research proves that protecting children as victims of sexual violence is not limited to applying criminal sanctions or fines on the perpetrators, but must be accompanied by other protections such as assistance, granting their rights to obtain compensation, restitution, and assistance as mandated by law. Ideally, protection for the victim is given at every examination process until the criminal conviction. This is done to realize fair and beneficial law enforcement for children. The protection of children as victims of sexual violence has not been in favor of the interests of victims, the rights of children as victims such as the provision of compensation, restitution, and assistance to victims have not been implemented properly. This is because there is still a lack of understanding of law enforcement officials and the public about the importance of protecting victims. Therefore, as a protection effort that can be done, it is necessary to build a criminal justice system that is more in favor of the interests of children as victims, as well as improvements to the rules so that it is more in the interests of the victims. As soon as possible the regulation of the law is issued as a guideline for executing sentences so as not to cause controversy in the community. Through the application of sanctions that are just and impartial to the interests of the perpetrators, then justice for the victims will be realized.