Sexual assault

Most rapes take place indoors by a person known to the woman. Rape is a hidden form of abuse in close relationships and can be especially difficult to talk about. Many women feel guilt and shame.

It can sometimes be difficult for the woman to define what has happened to her if the perpetrator was someone she knew from before. Perhaps she was raped by her husband, friend or someone she’s in love with.

Sex should be mutual and voluntary. A “no” is not negotiable. It is not OK to threaten or force someone or to exploit someone who is asleep or intoxicated. Not only that, it is a criminal act according to Swedish law.