The conference is organised by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Seri Support Center (SARC), which is a part of Helsinki University Hospital. The Seri Support Center opened in May 2017 in the Women’s Hospital. It is the first SARC in Finland and it functions as a model for future support centers that are to be established in other locations in Finland.

In Helsinki area all sexual assault victim care is centralized to this clinic and it is open 24/7. Seri Support Center is a support center for people over the age of 16 who have experienced sexual assault regardless of sex or gender. The support center provides a low-threshold service where a person can seek help alone, or with their loved ones, or as guided by the authorities. The Sexual Assault Support Center provides clients a comprehensive service under one roof. The patients are offered medical treatment and forensic examination within one month of the sexual assault and after the acute visit everyone is offered psychosocial counselling.

ICSoR 2018 scientific committee

National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Seri Support Center (HUH)