Rape of men and boys in Central African Republic is ‘ignored’ crime

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have raped men and boys for years in an emerging pattern of sexual violence that is“underreported and largely ignored”, researchers said on Monday.

A study by international research group All Survivors’ Project was one of the first to document sex crimes against males in the war-torn country, where responders tend to focus on female survivors, experts said.

In a report, the All Survivors’ Project identified dozens of cases of men and boys being raped during armed attacks when they were captive, or because they refused to join armed groups.

“Findings point to a discernible pattern of male sexual victimization that warrants urgent attention,” it said.

CAR has been riven by sectarian conflict since…

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