Sexual health

Hotline to help prevent sex crimes

Help for risky sex behavior
4:45 min

Rape and pedophilia are undoubtedly criminal acts, but they are also shrouded in such shame that it prevents those who have so-called risky sexual behaviours or fantasies from seeking help that could prevent them from acting out on dangerous urges. But soon those who suffer from sexual inclinations that endanger others or themselves can more easily get help from professionals.

Dr. Cecilia Dhejne, a psychiatrist with the Department for Andrology and Sexual Medicine at Karolinska Hospital in Huddinge, says a new telephone hotline and e-mail service will allow people to seek help, even anonymously.

“A lot of people have told us that they had tried to look for help but they they didn’t dare to say anything and they were afraid the caregivers would be afraid or that they would be met with intolerance,” says Dhejne.

The telephone line and e-mail service will be developed and managed by Karolinska Hospital and manned by nurses, psychiatrists and psychotherapists trained to addressed these issues.

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