When one talks of equality, it is always the “safe” topics that get highlighted, things like equal rights at the workplace for men and women, etc. Funny thing is that not everyone talks about equality in getting medical treatment.
The truth is that though we would all like to believe that we are very aware of what equality means, most of us have never thought of applying it to male sexual assault victims. In truth, most of us never even thought that grown or adult men can be victims of any kind of sexual assault.
Traditionally, it has always been women that are synonymous with the “victims of sexual assault” tag when it comes to talking about adult victims. What most people do not realize is that men can be sexually assaulted too and they go through the same trauma, both mental and emotional not to mention physical, that a woman goes through.
Though Sweden was voted the most gender-equal country in the world about five years ago by the World Economic Forum, it was only last month that Stockholm opened up its first clinic for male sexual assault survivors. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
Rasmus Jolund, a spokesperson for the Liberal Party who masterminded the program, talked about how most men were scared to come forward and open up about it because of the stigma attached to being a sexual assault victim. Counseling and legal services are also part of the medical treatment which is entirely paid for by the taxpayers.
The hope is that with dedicated medical help available on every level, the victims will no longer be content to stay “hidden” anymore. That they will come forward to take advantage of the clinic and that their attackers will be brought to justice with a better chance of convictions.
* Link to article that prompted this post – http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com//Article.aspx?eid=31806&articlexml=Sweden-gets-a-clinic-for-male-rape-survivors-19102015015021 *