Victims of rape or sexual assault in the Netherlands are increasingly willing to seek aid shortly after they were attacked. Last year the center for helping victims of sexual violence CSG received almost 50 percent more acute reports - reports made within seven days of the assault or rape - than the year before, NOS reports.
Victims of sexual violence in the Netherlands no longer have to pay healthcare deductibles when they incur medical costs. With this one year long experiment, the Dutch government wants to find out whether free care will lower the threshold for seeking help, NOS reports.
Victims can go to a Center for Sexual Violence to get help. These are usually connected to hospitals' emergency room. The Centers perform trace evidence investigation, but they also offer psychological help and tests for venereal diseases.
Hundreds of people participated in a silent march through Rotterdam on Tuesday. The march was a protest against sexual harassment and violence, and to show support for a young woman who was brutally raped in the city. They carried signs with texts like "No means no", "We are not objects", "Our rights are not up for grabs, neither are we", and "Private property, consent mandatory".
The vast majority of people who work in the Netherlands' sex industry face some form of violence, mostly from customers, according to a study by Aidsfonds, Soa Aids Nederland and sex workers' interest group Proud, Het Parool reports.
A massive 22 percent of women in the Netherlands dealt with sexual violence at least once in their lives, according to a study by Rutgers. 11 percent of them were raped. Among men 6 percent fell victim to sexual violence, including 1 percent who were raped, NU.nl reports.
The number of sexual violence victims reporting to one of the Sexual Violence Centers in the Netherlands, skyrocketed as a result of the #metoo discussion about sexual harassment, Ineke Sybesma of the Victim Support Fund said to RTL Nieuws. "With an average of 250 reports in the first months of this year, the reports doubled to 550 in October, and November shows the same picture", she said to the broadcaster.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the large number of sexual violence incidents in Cologne, Germany over New Year's "completely unacceptable". "It is disgusting and too bizarre for words"
The remarks made by the mayor of Cologne about the very high number of sexual assaults in the German city during New Year's lead to fierce criticism from Dutch politicians. Mayor Henriette Reker suggested that women should keep strangers "at arms length to avoid sexual harassment". Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher calls this statement "completely the wrong signal" that creates the impression that the victims could have done something to stop it.
The municipality of Amsterdam launched a telephone hotline for victims of sexual violence which will guide victims towards medical, forensic and psychological assistance as they need it. According to the municipality, there is a growing need for assistance for victims
A massive 40.6 percent of young women between the ages of 12 and 25 years have experienced non-volitional sex. Among young men of the same age group, that percentage is 20.4
An action plan second chamber member Naïma Azough is presenting today to state secretary Martin van Rijn (Public Health) suggests that municipalities be given a bigger role in the care for victims of pimps.