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O f all the secrets of war, there is one that is so well kept that it exists mostly as a rumour. It is usually denied by the perpetrator and his victim. Governments, aid agencies and human rights defenders at the UN barely acknowledge its possibility. Yet every now and then someone gathers the courage to tell of it. This is just what happened on an ordinary afternoon in the office of a kind and careful counsellor in Kampala, Uganda. This particular case, though, was a puzzle. A female client was having marital difficulties. I'm sure there's something he's keeping from me.
Owiny invited the husband in.
For a while they got nowhere. Then Owiny asked the wife to leave. The man then murmured cryptically: "It happened to me. He reached into his pocket and pulled out an old sanitary pad. I have to use this. Laying the pus-covered pad on the desk in front of him, he gave up his secret. During his escape from the civil war in neighbouring Congo, he had been separated from his wife and taken by rebels. His captors raped him, three times a day, every day for three years.
And he wasn't the only one.
He watched as man after man was taken and raped. The wounds of one were so grievous that he died in the cell in front of him. But I know now that sexual violence against men is Mature dominant woman rapping men huge problem. Everybody has heard the women's stories. But nobody has heard the men's. It's not just in East Africa that these stories remain unheard. Her study Male Rape and Human Rights notes incidents of male sexual violence as a weapon of wartime or political aggression in countries such as Chile, Greece, Croatia, Iran, Kuwait, the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia.
Twenty-one per cent of Sri Lankan males who were seen at a London torture treatment centre reported sexual abuse while in detention. I've come to Kampala to hear the stories of the few brave men who have agreed to speak to me: a rare opportunity to find out about a controversial and deeply taboo issue. In Uganda, survivors are at risk of arrest by police, as they are likely to assume that they're gay — a crime in this country and in 38 of the 53 African nations.
They will probably be ostracised by friends, rejected by family and turned away by the UN and the myriad international NGOs that are equipped, trained and ready to help women. They are Mature dominant woman rapping men, isolated and in danger. In the words of Owiny: "They are despised. Dolan first heard of wartime sexual violence against men in the late s while researching his PhD in northern Uganda, and he sensed that the problem might be dramatically underestimated.
Keen to gain a fuller grasp of its depth and nature, he put up posters throughout Kampala in June announcing a "workshop" on the issue in a local school. On the day, men arrived. In a burst of candour, one attendee admitted: "It's happened to all of us here. Slowly, more victims began to come forward. He wears a scarlet high-buttoned shirt and holds himself with his neck lowered, his eyes cast towards the ground, as if in apology for his impressive height. He has a prominent upper lip that shakes continually — a nervous condition that makes him appear as if he's on the verge of tears.
Jean Paul was at university in Congo, studying electronic engineering, when his father — a wealthy businessman — was accused by the army of aiding the enemy and shot dead. Jean Paul fled in Januaryonly to be abducted by rebels. Along with six other men and six women he was marched to a forest in the Virunga National Park.
Later that day, the rebels and their prisoners met up with their cohorts who were camped out in the woods. Small camp fires could be seen here and there between the shadowy ranks of trees. While the women were sent off to prepare food and coffee, 12 armed fighters surrounded the men. From his place on the ground, Jean Paul looked up to see the commander leaning over them. In his 50s, he was bald, fat and in military uniform.
He wore a red bandana around his neck and had strings of leaves tied around his elbows. Jean Paul thought he was joking. He shook his head and said: "I cannot do these things.
The commander called a rebel over. Jean Paul could see that he was only about nine years old. He was told, "Beat this man and remove this clothes. Eventually, Jean Paul begged: "Okay, okay. I will take off my clothes. At this point, Jean Paul breaks off. The shaking in his lip more pronounced than ever, he lowers his head a little further and says: "I am sorry for the things I am going to say now. Singing a witch doctor song, and with everybody watching, the commander then began. The moment he started, Jean Paul vomited. Eleven rebels waited in a queue and raped Jean Paul in turn.
When he was too exhausted to hold himself up, the next attacker would wrap his arm under Jean Paul's hips and lift him by the stomach. He bled freely: "Many, many, many bleeding," he says, "I could feel it like water. On the ninth day, they were looking for firewood when Jean Paul spotted a huge tree with roots that formed a small grotto of shadows.
Seizing his moment, he crawled in and watched, trembling, as the rebel guards searched for him. After five hours of watching their feet as they hunted for him, he listened as they came up with a plan: they would let off a round of gunfire and tell the commander that Jean Paul had been killed. Eventually he emerged, weak from his ordeal and his diet of only two bananas per day during his captivity.
Dressed only in his underpants, he crawled through the undergrowth "slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly, like a snake" back into town. Today, despite his hospital treatment, Jean Paul still bleeds when he walks. Like many victims, the wounds are such that he's supposed to restrict his diet to soft foods such as bananas, which are expensive, and Jean Paul can only afford maize and millet.
His brother keeps asking what's wrong with him. It is for this reason that both perpetrator and victim enter a conspiracy of silence and why male survivors often find, once their story is Mature dominant woman rapping men, that they lose the support and comfort of those around them. In the patriarchal societies found in many developing countries, gender roles are strictly defined.
You should never break down or cry. A man must be a leader and provide for the whole family. When he fails to reach that set standard, society perceives that there is something wrong. Often, she says, wives who discover their husbands have been Mature dominant woman rapping men decide to leave them. As what? Is this still a husband? Is it a wife? When his wife discovered this, she went home, packed her belongings, picked up their child and left. Of course that brought down this man's heart.
Back at RLP I'm told about the other ways in which their clients have been made to suffer. Men aren't simply raped, they are forced to penetrate holes in banana trees that run with acidic sap, to sit with their genitals over a fire, to drag rocks tied to their penis, to give oral sex to queues of soldiers, to be penetrated with screwdrivers and sticks. Atim has now seen so many male survivors that, frequently, she can spot them the moment they sit down.Mature dominant woman rapping men
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