[Trigger warning: Sexual Assault]
“There are certain things you just don’t believe can happen to a man, you get me? But I know now that sexual violence against men is a huge problem. Everybody has heard the women’s stories. But nobody has heard the men’s.”
This article is a must-read. Sexual violence affects all genders, and abused men are disadvantaged by a rigid social system that denies both their vulnerability to sexual assault and their right to medical and psychological care.
This is an important issue not just for men in Africa, but for all people around the world. Rape culture manifests itself in so many ways, and this is another. Men being raped, but cannot come forward because of the extreme societal push to stay in rigid gender roles.
Wow. If you can handle reading it, this article is incredibly powerful and disturbing. What these men have gone through they deserve no more than what the women of war-torn countries have gone through. Also, further evidence of rape as a tool of power, not a sexual tool. A devastating and horrendous exertion of power.