Researchers have revealed that rising rape of men and boys by armed groups in Central African Republic is under-reported.
According to a report, researchers have 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.
“An international research group, All Survivors Project, was one of the first to document sex crimes against males in the war-torn country, where respondents tend to focus on female survivors,” experts said.
Findings point to a discernible pattern of male sexual victimisation that warrants urgent attention, it said.
CAR has been driven by sectarian conflict since Muslim-majority Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013, triggering a backlash by mostly Christian anti-balaka militias.
“Fighters have used sexual violence against men and boys as a tool to humiliate, emasculate, and terrorise perceived enemies.
“Our research only gives a glimpse into what is happening,” said the group’s director, Charu Hogg.