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Wed Jun 17, 2015, 06:12 PM

 

Sweden opens clinic for male rape victims

A hospital in Stockholm is set to become the first in the country with an emergency department specifically for male rape victims. The clinic at Södersjukhuset is scheduled to open this autumn.

Södersjukhuset already has the largest emergency care unit in the Nordic region and runs a round-the-clock walk-in clinic for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted in the city, treating between 600 and 700 patients a year.

On Wednesday, the hospital announced that from mid-October, it would also admit men and boys as part of a strategy to ensure "gender equal" emergency care for rape victims of both sexes.

In 2014, some 370 cases of sexual assault on men or boys were reported across Sweden, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, although experts believe that the actual figure is much higher.

"The general perception is that men cannot be raped," Lotti Helström, a senior physician at the hospital told Sveriges Radio, adding that male victims can suffer even more than women.

"In studies, the health effects are shown to be greater for men, both in terms of physical health and mental health. There is a greater risk of a raped man getting post-traumatic stress disorder," she said, adding that the subject of male rape remained "extremely taboo".


http://www.thelocal.se/20150617/sweden-announces-first-centre-for-raped-men

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Wed Jun 17, 2015, 08:37 PM

1. How creepy is this?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2498123-molly-shattuck-ex-ravens-cheerleader-pleads-guilty-to-rape-charge

When the story first broke, many headlines didn't even call it rape and instead referred to it as "sex with a teenager" or "sex charge".

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Sun Jun 21, 2015, 11:43 PM

3. I posted this in the Sexual Assault Survivors' Group.

It is an uncomfortable topic for most people, even SAS. Men are often shamed if they are victims of sexual assault, even boys are blamed if it happens to them. It reinforces a very negative stereotype men are not vulnerable creatures, and if we are, we are weak, and thus, anything which happens is because of our weakness. Gay men get this treatment from mainstream outlets on occasion, because our "weakness" is our sexuality.

There is a part of the article about a study in which men weren't even sure if they could get emergency treatment. I wonder what a survey like that would reveal if done in the US.

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Wed Jun 24, 2015, 06:51 PM

4. This is a good thing

 

We (as a species) need to do more to support victims of sexual assault.

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