One hundred and seventy people sought the assistance of Stígamót Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence for the first time in the first five months of this year. The number represents 64 percent of the total number of women seeking assistance at Stígamót for the first time last year.
Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Last year, 264 women sought the assistance of Stígamót for the first time, but the number is projected to be higher this year, visir.is reports.
According to Anna Þóra Kristinsdóttir at Stígamót, the trend is positive as it suggests more women are seeking professional assistance to deal with their problems.
“There was an increase in the wake of the increase in media coverage [on sexual violence] this year, for example due to the Karl Vignir case,” she said.
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