First center dedicated to sexual violence victims opens in Prague

In Czechia, 54 percent of women have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, according to a recent survey conducted on 5,000 women. Staff ČTK

Written by StaffČTK Published on 17.01.2024 14:58:00 (updated on 17.01.2024) Reading time: 3 minutes

Czech NGO, proFem, inaugurated its first dedicated center for victims of sexual violence in the Czech Republic today. The PORT center, located in Prague's Břevnov district, is set to commence full operations on Jan. 22, offering a range of important services to survivors of sexual violence.

Therapy, assistance, and legal aid

The PORT center aims to provide crisis assistance, treatment, counseling, and therapy to victims. The organization is gradually rolling out services, relying on subsidies from the state, local governments, donors, and grants. "All our services are free of charge and are guided by the principles of trust, impartiality, discretion, and independence," proFem writes on its website.

The range of services includes psychotherapy, social and legal counseling, basic treatment, and the collection of genetic samples for potential legal evidence. The center plans to start operations at the end of February and early March, with additional facilities such as a police questioning room and a crisis apartment becoming available in April or May.

ProFem director Jitka Poláková stressed the lasting psychological effects of trauma and the lack of existing services for victims. "Medicine will treat the physical effects, but the psychological ones are for life," she said. The PORT center, staffed exclusively by women, will cater to individuals over 16 years of age, including both women and men.


ProFem told that non-Czech speaking clients can access PORT's services in English, but they must first make a prior appointment via e-mail.

In a press conference today, Poláková emphasized the pressing need for such services, revealing that 54 percent of Czech women have experienced sexual harassment or violence.


  • There are about 34 cases of rape every day in Czechia.
  • Fifty-two percent of people think sexual violence is common in society.
  • Only an estimated 5 percent of rapes are thought to be reported.
  • One-quarter of people believe a rape victim is partly responsible if they were wearing "provocative clothing."
  • Every other perpetrator of rape in the Czech Republic is punished with only a suspended sentence.

    Sources: Amnesty International,, proFem

Last year alone, victims reported over 900 rape cases, marking an annual record high in the country.

A need for more secure funding

Efforts are underway to secure permanent and sustainable funding for specialized services. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is crafting an amendment on social services to establish a secure funding mechanism.

The facility, which can potentially aid thousands annually, faces a funding gap of CZK 18 million for its yearly operation. Government Human Rights Commissioner Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková highlighted the urgency for a well-established financing system to support these essential services.

A report from the Women Against Violence Europe network highlighted the absence of services for sexual violence victims in the Czech Republic, emphasizing the need for a crisis line and public awareness, as outlined in the national strategy for gender equality.

As the PORT center takes its first steps towards aiding survivors, the focus remains on securing consistent funding and integrating psychosocial and crisis services into the system, relieving organizations from annual financial uncertainties.

The center aims to fill critical gaps in Czechia's sexual violence support system and inadequate care for victims. PORT will help women who may feel isolated or deserted by Czechia's continual failure to ratify the Istanbul Convention – one of only a handful of EU countries to not do so yet. Czechia is currently working to amend its legal definition of rape: from forcible sexual intercourse to non-consensual intercourse.

Don't suffer in silence

  • Rape Crisis Network Europe is an English-speaking charity service based in the Czech Republic to help those who have been sexually abused or raped.
  • ProFem offers legal help, intervention, and online counseling in English.
  • Rosa centrum offers online chat, crisis prevention, and internet counseling.
  • Bílý Kruh Bezpečí offers a free, non-stop helpline for victims.
  • The 116 006 line has been serving victims of crimes and domestic violence in the Czech Republic since January 2015. It is available 24/7.
Would you like us to write about your business? Find out more