First rape clinic for male victims opens in Sweden

Hospital in Stockholm to open Sweden's first emergency clinic specifically for male rape victims

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to Swedish newspaper The Local, Södersjukhuset - one of Sweden's largest hospitals - will open the country’s first emergency center for male rape victims. 

The hospital already runs a 24 hour walk-in clinic for female victims of sexual assault  and receives between 600 and 700 patients every year. The clinic provides access to doctors, midwives, nurses, psychologists and social workers.

But the hospital has now announced that a clinic will open mid-October this year to admit male rape victims. 

Last year 370 cases of sexual assault on male victims were reported in Sweden. 

Dr Lotti Helstrom spoke to Radio Sweden and said "The general perception is that men cannot be raped and the subject of male rape was still extremely taboo but that it is much more common than most people realised.”

Dr Helstrom also added that  it was important for men to have equal access to emergency care.

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education found out that most Swedish men don't know where to turn to if they have been sexually assaulted. 

RFSU spokesperson Inger Björklund said, "There are myths about masculinity that make it difficult for men who have been sexually traumatised to talk about their experiences. 

“ A clinic focusing on men who have been sexually abused will contribute to the awareness of  experiences of sexual abuse among men and make it more possible to meet their needs in a very exposed situation," she added.

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