Breaking taboos

Swedish hospital is opening up a rape clinic for men

Ryan Tauss

In a push to ensure gender equality for victims of sexual assaults, the Stockholm South General Hospital announced it will open the first “rape clinic” for men in Sweden. The hospital already has a similar walk-in center for women, but decided to open one specifically for men as male rape is still “extremely taboo” and often goes unreported. “The general perception is that men cannot be raped,” Lotti Helström, a senior physician at the hospital told local media. “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.”

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