You are important and you have the right to feel good about the sex you're having. That applies regardless of what you or someone else thinks and it's true in all sexual situations. Even if compensation is involved you have the right to feel as good as you can, based on the situation you're in right now. Some of the rights you have that can be good to know about are:
- You always have the right to say no to sex. Even if you've said yes to or agreed to something you have the right to change your mind or to stop, both before or during sex. If the person who gives you compensation doesn't respect that you say no or does something sexual that you don't want, that is abuse. It's always illegal – regardless of whether you've been given compensation or not.
- You have the right to get tested for HIV and STIs for free.
- You have the right to remain anonymous when you get tested for HIV. To be anonymous means that you don't give out any information about who you are. If your test is positive (show that you have HIV) you need to give the doctor who will treat you your personal information. You also have to give information about you sexual partners so that they can get tested.
- It's a crime to give compensation for sex. That means that you always have the right to report a person who has given you something for sex to the police, if you want to. You can report them even if it happened a long time ago.
- If you have sex for compensation and want help to stop or have any other questions you have the right to see someone to talk. Click here to see a list of places you can turn to get help.
- If you visit a healthcare facility (youth clinic, health centre or other) you have the right to be treated with respect, regardless of who you are or what experiences you have. No healthcare staff has the right to treat you badly because of your sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, your religion, your skin colour, if you have a disability, your ethnicity, your age or your gender. The legislation on discrimination is there to give you support and rights. Read more about discrimination at Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO).
- It is your right to be met with respect and get the correct treatment in any healthcare facility. If you feel that you as a patient have been badly treated you can make a complaint or report it. Read more about your rights at 1177 Vårdguiden.
- Someone who is compensated for you having sex with someone else is guilty of the crime procuring. You always have the right to report this person, regardless of what your relationship with them is. Even if it's a partner, a family member or friend it counts as procuring.
- The social services are to offer support to those who need it. It can be about someone being treated badly, having difficulty taking care of themself or not having enough money to survive. The social services can also arrange sheltered living, support groups, contact persons, living with another family and much more. Each municipality has its own social services and you contact the social services in the municipality you live in.
- You have the right to speak for yourself, be taken seriously and listened to.
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