A male r@pe victim, Stephen Kigoma was was r@ped during the conflict in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011 but kept the sad story to himself has finally opened up in a recent interview with BBC.
“If I talked about it, I would have been separated from the people. Even those who treated me would not have shaken my hands.”
He was then taken to see a doctor treating survivors of $ex ual violence, where he was the only man in the ward.
“‘I hid that I was a male r@pe survivor. I couldn’t open up because it’s a taboo. As a man, I can’t cry. People will tell you that you are a coward, you are weak, you are stupid. They killed my father. Three men r@ped me, and they said: ‘You are a man, how are you going to say you were r@ped?’ It’s a weapon they use to make you silent”. He added.
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