Sweden has a growing reputation for being a pioneering nation and they are leading the way once more to offer support to male victims of rape.
The nation has the highest rate of rape in Europe, although comparisons between nations is open to discrepancy due to differences in policing.
The new clinic at Södersjukhuset hospital is an emergency unit specifically for the treatment of male victims.
In a statement a spokesperson for the hospital said:
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.”
There are myths about masculinity that make it difficult for men who have been sexually traumatized 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 men’s needs.”
As demonstrated by the above video, there are preconceptions that can severely damage male victims in a different manner to which female victims suffer, with appropriate support previously unavailable.
Hopefully cases of sexual assault against all people will be reduced through prevention tactics, but at least moving forward targeted help will be available to previously neglected victims.