Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sweden Opens World's First Male Rape Centre





Sweden has the highest rape rate in Europe, a statistic that gained global prominence in 2010, when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was first accused of sex crimes in the Nordic nation, allegations which he still strongly denies.

However this is partly because the country records allegations in a different way to most other countries, tracking each case of sexual violence separately. So for example if someone says they were raped by a partner every day for a fortnight, officers will record 14 potential crimes. Elsewhere, many countries would log the claim as a single incident.

Nevertheless, the nation's high statistics have made rape a matter of high level political debate in recent years.

In 2014, a study by sexual education organization RFSU suggested that in most municipalities across Sweden, men were uncertain where they could get emergency help following a rape.

Inger Björklund, a spokesperson for the group told The Local in June that it was looking forward to the opening of Stockholm's new facility.

"There are myths about masculinity that make it difficult for men who have been sexually traumatized to talk about their experiences," she said.

"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 men's needs."

Jonlund said on Thursday that he hoped the new clinic in Stockholm would also be able to "spread the knowledge" aquired by its efforts, in order to help other medical centres provide the best care possible for male victims. 

He also argued that it was essential that work also continued to prevent rapes happening across Sweden.

"Men shouldn't have to come to this kind of clinic at all," he said.
Source:thelocal.se

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