By: Vandita via anonymous-news.com
Gang rape is a horror no human should experience, be it a woman or a man. While the world is accustomed to reading stories of sexual exploitation of woman, the sexual abuse of men hardly gets the attention it deserves. But when it does, it sends chills down your spine.
In a recent shocking incident, a 23-year-old man in South Africa was drugged, kidnapped and repeatedly raped by three women in a hotel room. The victim was found traumatized and exhausted in Nellmapius‚ east of Pretoria, after being dumped in a field semi-naked. Later, he managed to flag down a passing car and escaped. The police are still trying to trace his assailants.
According to the South African police service, the victim hailed a 15-seater communal taxi on the night of May 26 but he had no idea that the three female co-passengers would turn out to be his rapists. Captain Colette Weilbach, the South African Police Service spokesperson, told South African newspaper Times Live:
“En route to town, the taxi driver changed direction. The young man was then ordered to come to the front. One of the women then allegedly injected him with an unknown substance and he passed out. He stated that he woke up in an unfamiliar room on a single bed.
“The female suspects then allegedly forced the man to drink an energy drink‚ before taking turns raping him numerous times a day. On Sunday afternoon he was dropped off in an open field in Benoni. The man was very traumatized by his ordeal and received medical treatment.”
Patriarchal heteronormativity & toxic masculinity have made male rape into a culturally accepted joke https://t.co/QJfWoYgcYV
— Kamila Graczyk (@Kamila_Graczyk) May 22, 2017
Although Weilbach insisted the police “take all sexual offenses seriously, regardless of gender” and assured all victims of these types of crimes that “we will carry out robust investigations to bring offenders to justice,” it is a harsh truth that many in the country still don’t feel enough is done for male victims of sexual violence.
“Male victims are much less likely than females to report sexual abuse because police don’t take it seriously. It is a widely accepted myth that if males get an erection during the sexual abuse they must have enjoyed it — but a man being raped can still be erect,” says Rees Mann, founder of the South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
Rape is at epidemic levels in South Africa. The country is battling to deal with rising cases of sexual violence, against both men and women — the rate of sexual violence in South Africa is among the highest in the world.
According to some estimates, more than half a million rapes occur annually in the country; but only 42,596 rapes were reported to the South African police in 2016. Although women make up the majority of rape and sexual violence victims in South Africa, nearly 20% of victims are men.