World’s first emergency clinic for male rape victims opens in Sweden

The world’s first hospital department specifically for male rape victims has opened in Sweden.

___4265474___https:______static.pulse.com.gh___webservice___escenic___binary___4265474___2015___10___16___10____83187347_83187346

The clinic opened on Thursday at Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, in a bid for gender equality.

The new clinic is understood to be the first emergency department devoted solely to male rape victims.

Sweden has the highest rate of rape in Europe, and the hospital already operates a 24-hour, walk-in clinic for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted, treating between 600 to 700 patients a year.

Roughly 370 cases of sexual assault on males were reported in the country in 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

"The general perception is that men cannot be raped," Dr Lotti Helstrom told Radio Sweden.

She said the subject of male rape was still "extremely taboo" but that it was much more common than most people realised.

She added that: 'Emergency medical care for raped men will be free of charge, and offered around the clock, all year,'

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

A spokesperson for the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) welcomed the announcement.

Inger Bjorklund told The Local newspaper that a clinic focused on men would "contribute to the awareness of experiences of sexual abuse among men".

A politician from the opposition Liberal Party Rasmus Jonlund told The Local: ‘We are happy that we now can finally open the first rape clinic for men following the rape clinic for women..

‘It is the first in Sweden – we think it is the first in the world. We haven’t found another from our research on the world wide web.’

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

‘We’re the monkeys, so no one respects AFCON’ – Evra on Ballon d’Or positions

‘We’re the monkeys, so no one respects AFCON’ – Evra on Ballon d’Or positions

Ini Edo welcomes baby girl via surrogacy

Ini Edo welcomes baby girl via surrogacy

Women, this is why you should learn to initiate sex more in your relationship

Women, this is why you should learn to initiate sex more in your relationship

20-year-old lady who sued doctor for allowing her to be born has won the case

20-year-old lady who sued doctor for allowing her to be born has won the case

You should not do any of these while visiting the Oba's palace in Benin

You should not do any of these while visiting the Oba's palace in Benin

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Twerking Wendy Shay threatens to snatch someone's man with her slim waist in 'wild' video

Twerking Wendy Shay threatens to snatch someone's man with her slim waist in 'wild' video

Nigerian Navy places Cute Abiola on one-month ‘extra duty’ for ridiculing police

Nigerian Navy places Cute Abiola on one-month ‘extra duty’ for ridiculing police

Here are signs that you're not the main chick in your relationship

Here are signs that you're not the main chick in your relationship