Opinion: Sweden’s healthcare system lets down victims of sexual violence

That’s why we wish to spotlight the query of healthcare and create a dialogue between the #MeToo motion and politicians.

Petitions like #bortabrahemmavärst (‘Away is nice, at house is worst’ – referring to sexual violence at dwelling), #intedinhora (‘Not your whore’ – referring to sexual violence towards individuals in prostitution), #underytan (‘Under the floor’ – victims of honour-related violence), #utanskyddsnät (‘Without a security web’ – sexual violence towards these affected by substance abuse or different social issues) and #vårdensomsvek (‘Care that permit us down’ – ladies subjected to sexual trauma and harassment by well being professionals) testify of traumatized individuals who acquired substandard care and, within the worst instances, had been topic to assault and violations from healthcare workers.

In the petition #omniberättarlyssnarvi (should you discuss, we’ll pay attention), 1,299 psychologists attested to their sufferers’ and shoppers’ vulnerability – at the very least 39,500 narratives of assault in complete.

Talking about assault continues to be carefully linked with disgrace. Many don’t speak about what they skilled, and healthcare professionals are sometimes dangerous at asking. But the most important drawback is that entry to efficient therapy is missing.

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Without therapy, there’s a big danger of long-term psychological well being issues, for instance submit traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD), despair and nervousness – with lowered high quality of life and, within the worst cases, suicidal tendencies, consequently. There’s additionally a better danger of affected by bodily well being issues, substance abuse, or long-term illness requiring day without work work.

One of seven solutions for political measures put ahead by the coordinators of the #MeToo petitions is about elevated efforts with regards to therapy. In Almedalen, Equality Minister Lena Hallengren and the Moderate Party’s equality spokesperson Jessica Polfjärd confirmed engagement within the problem, however all through your entire election marketing campaign, we’ve not had any proposals of concrete funding.

Approximately simply 5 % of sufferers with psychological well being points obtain psychological evaluation and therapy, in line with nationwide tips. Those who search therapy after assault are rejected or have to attend a lot too lengthy, regardless of the actual fact there are efficient psychological remedies.

Would we settle for so few getting the best look after any bodily situation? Imagine that solely 5 % acquired look after cervical most cancers. That would by no means be accepted.

In the case of cervical most cancers, the healthcare sector has acquired assets to work with info campaigns, screenings at a nationwide stage, and intensive routines in order that as many individuals as potential get therapy at an early stage.

When a whole lot of 1000’s attested to harassment and abuse, we listened – but it surely’s not sufficient simply to pay attention. There’s a necessity for concrete efforts and particular measures for the related group.

We wish to see a healthcare sector that works proactively and makes use of outreach to establish individuals early on who’re creating psychological well being issues on account of sexual assault. It must be as apparent to display for this as it’s to hold out smear assessments for these at a danger of cervical most cancers.

Sex-workers, individuals with substance dependencies, and people who are susceptible to honour-related violence search care much less incessantly. Therefore, they need to be requested about any vulnerability by way of contact with the social providers and different amenities, and they need to be helped to obtain additional care as wanted.

Care should be scaled based mostly on the variety of these affected. A big improve of psychological therapy requires major care in addition to specialist care, each for kids and adults.

Within the #MeToo actions there may be essential data each from the attitude of sufferers and people treating them. Within #omniberättarlyssnarvi (If you discuss, we’ll pay attention), there may be psychological experience in trauma and care growth, that are utterly crucial within the work that should occur.

We at the moment are inviting the accountable politicians (together with Minister for Social Affairs Annika Strandhäll and the social coverage spokesperson for the Moderates, Camilla Waltersson Grönvall) to a gathering in August. That’s after we will sit down collectively and talk about the options which give the very best chance of change.

Article by the undersigned, initially printed in Swedish in Aftonbladet and translated into English for The Local by Catherine Edwards. Read the unique model right here.

#omniberättarlyssnarvi (‘If you discuss, we’ll pay attention’)
Amanda Simonsson
Charlotte Ulfsparre
Kristina Bondjers
Maria Bragesjö
Erica Mattelin
Johanna Ekdahl
Kerstin Bergh Johannesson
Maria Sandgren
Sveriges Kliniska Psykologers Förening
Olof Molander
Gustav Jonsson

#allmänhandling (‘Public information)
Ingrid Mårtensson

#bortabrahemmavärst (‘Away is dangerous, at house is worse’)
Hanna Kaiser Barnes
Karin Tennemar

#ickegodkänt (‘Not accredited’)
Ulrika Konstig
Anna Hermelin

#intedinhora (‘Not your whore’)

#lättaankar (‘Cast anchor’)
Cajsa Fransson
Frida Wigur
Linda Svenson

Anna Velander Gisslén

#nödvärn (‘Self defence’)
Kerstin Dejemyr

#sistabriefen (‘The final temporary’)
Elin Ahldén
Maja Stridsberg
Mimmi Sköldberg

#slutvillkorat (‘Final phrases’)
Denise Cresso

#underytan (‘Under the floor’)
Galaxia Elias

#utanskyddsnät (‘Without a security web’)
Birgitta Johnsson
Lotten Sunna

#virivermurarna (‘We tear down partitions’)
Katarina Risberg
Malin Isaksson
Mia Blomberg

#vårdensomsvek (‘Care that permit us down’)
Natalia Valiente Vecchio

Coordinators for the #MeToo petitions
Emmy Lilliehorn
Elin Andersson

Original article https://www.thelocal.se/20180821/opinion-the-swedish-healthcare-system-lets-down-victims-of-sexual-violence

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