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Male Rape Victims: Al-Jazeera Looks At Sexual Violence Towards Men Around The World

Article by Jasmine Hughes.

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The increasingly dire conditions surrounding the brutal raping of Congo women have been ruling global news for quite a while, but now some new skeletons are coming out of the closet. Al-Jareeza is now shedding light on a lesser-known group of sexual assault victims: men who have been raped by other men.

Al-Jazeera’s “Inside Story” team reports, male rape is quite common, affecting hundreds of thousands of men around the world each year. Sometimes even ignored by the United Nations, “forced homosexuality,” is used as a tool for torture and humiliation. Due to this, rape of men is often not even recognized as a crime.

Among the most disturbing statistics: 22 percent of men in eastern Congo report being victims of sexual violence, while 80 percent of Bosnian men claimed to be victims. Though there is no universal definition of male rape, Lara Stemple of UCLA Law’s Health and Human Rights Law Project describes forced masturbation, forced incest, forced fellatio and gang rape as being among the acts typically directed towards men many of which were reported to have taken place at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere.

 

 

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  1. On this issue, I absolutely and entirely sympathise with your position. Feminism should be standing with male rape victims (Andrea Dworkin, for all her faults, did so).

    Of course, it is patriarchy which makes the human vulnerability to sexual assault shameful in men.

  2. Aster, I don’t think anyone on this board outside of a few cranky trolls really support human rights abuse of any sort. I’m just hoping that if more people find out about what these security thugs from all over the world do, that such disgusting wanton mistreatment would be discontinued. But I’m realistic because torture is just an effect of the abuse of power, and human nature can give in to the greed for power easily. If there’s a way to prevent this, the world would be better for it (sure…), but how I wouldn’t know.

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