YOU ARE NOT ALONE, IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT
The hardest part is to tell someone and to ask for help. But when you have decided to talk to someone, there are so many possibilities and options for you to feel good again. Many people find an inner strength and a clear meaning of life. Wonsa will help you get there. We offer physiological and medical treatments, information and support for you who are a survivor of sexual abuse and violence. Read more under Seeking care at Wonsa.
Being sexually abused or violated often creates feelings of insecurity, sadness, and rage, or a paralyzing frustration. It’s also common to feel ashamed of yourself. That feeling often makes it harder to talk about what has happened. But telling someone usually makes this feeling dissipate and the shame goes where it belongs – with the one who assaulted you. It’s never your fault that you have been sexually abused.
Read more about the consequences under Being abused.
Joining a support group and meeting other survivors usually have a positive healing effect. There are no queues for the support groups. Read more about the different organizations under Support.
IF YOU ARE STILL BEING ABUSED
If you are currently in a situation where sexual abuse or violence is ongoing, it’s important that you get help to get out of there before you can start any trauma treatment. For support and help getting out of a violent situation, contact a shelter.
If you were recently raped, we recommend that you go to an ER to get help both treating and documenting the injuries. If you have been exposed to sexual abuse or violence, that’s a crime and documenting it is important if you want to press charges, be it now or in the future. You don’t have to make an appointment, you can go to the ER any time of the day.
If you are in Stockholm we recommend Södersjukhuset’s Emergency Clinic for Rape Victims, where you can get help if you were raped up to 4 weeks ago.
If you are in northern Sweden we recommend the ASTA clinic at Norrland University Hospital in Umeå. You can go there if you have been exposed to sexual abuse or violence in a relationship. Wonsa cooperates with the ASTA team.