Stockholm Rape victims lose trauma care because immigrants’ needs come first


Swedish women secular and religious are suffering from the rape epidemic inside Sweden. Rape statistics are the highest they have ever been although some claim that this reflects a change in how rapes are recorded rather than an increase in actual rapes. Sweden is known rightly or wrongly as the rape capital of Europe so you would think that the government would prioritise trauma care for rape victims. Shockingly Swedish women have found that refugee needs are prioritised over the needs of Swedish citizens in many aspects of life including housing, benefits and now trauma care.

*** Article translated imperfectly from Swedish

Rape victims get rid of the care they received at a specialist clinic in Stockholm. Stockholm County Council has found that the agreement did not include them – the clinic will now only indulge in patients with war trauma and torture.

For over ten years hard traumatized women have been able to get help at the Crisis and Trauma Center in Stockholm – but this is the end of it.

Stockholm County Council has discovered that their contract with the clinic does not include, for example, rape victims, so now they must be cared for elsewhere. Yet these patients were referred there for a long time.

– This affects a very vulnerable group should not have to suffer further, said Fredrik Garpe, director of the Crisis and Trauma Center

…The clinic estimates that they receive around 200 patients each year… For these, about 140 women, many of them are victims of rape.

– These women should never have been there really whether to comply with the agreement, they will have as good a care in the usual specialist psychiatric care instead, says Maria Hägerstrand, head of psychiatry at the Stockholm County Council.

Why have not you responded earlier?  

– I can not answer, we have discovered this now and act accordingly, says Maria Hägerstrand.

In the clinic’s contract says that they should treat patients whose mental health problems related to torture, injury or severe trauma from the war.

– This is a group that is increasing with the large migration flows available and we want them to be able to help even more in the group ahead, says Maria Hägerstrand.

Crisis and Trauma Center argue that they had an agreement to receive other patients, such as raped women.

…Unfortunately, I do not think everyone will get the care they need, says Fredrik Garpe.

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