A young man was drugged and repeatedly raped by a gang of three women in an ordeal that lasted three days.
The victim, who is 23 years old, had hailed a communal taxi in eastern Pretoria, South Africa, when he first encountered his alleged abusers.
As soon as he got in, the car started to drive in the wrong direction and he was ordered to get in the front seat.
The man was then forcibly injected with a substance. It’s not known what it was, but it reportedly caused him to immediately pass out.
‘He stated that he woke up in an unfamiliar room on a single bed,’ South African Police Service Captain Colette Weilbach told South African news site Times Live.
‘The female suspects then allegedly forced the man to drink an energy drink before taking turns raping him numerous times a day.
‘The South African Police Service takes all sexual offences seriously, regardless of gender. [We assure] all victims of these types of crimes that we will carry out robust investigations to bring offenders to justice.’
After suffering this horrendous abuse, the victim was abandoned semi-naked in a field. Fortunately, however, he survived – and was able to flag down a passing car for help.
But despite the police’s reassurances, many in the country still don’t feel enough is done for male victims of sexual violence.
Rees Mann, from the victims’ organisation South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, said almost 20% of rapes and sexual assaults in the country were committed against men.
‘Male victims are much less likely than females to report sexual abuse because police don’t take it seriously,’ he added.