Johannesburg - Police are hunting for three women who allegedly raped a 21-year-old Diepsloot man on Sunday night.

Diepsloot police spokesman Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said the suspects were driving a white Toyota Tazz and found the victim at a tuckshop in Extension 12.

“They pretended to be lost and asked the victim for directions. Suddenly, one of the suspects pointed a firearm at him,” Mavimbela said.

The young man was forced into the back seat of the car, before the women drove off.

They arrived on the R114 road and, after getting out of the vehicle, one of the women got undressed.

“The victim was forced to have sexual intercourse with her at gunpoint. Afterwards, the victim was left on the side of the road,” Mavimbela said.

He added that police were appealing to the public to be cautious when approached by strangers, men or women.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the rapists is requested to contact Lieutenant-Colonel Lucia Madinginye on 082 568 4589, Crime Stop on 08600 10111, or send an anonymous SMS to Crime Line at 32211.

Earlier this month, a woman was arrested for allegedly raping a man in Bolobedu, Limpopo.

The 46-year-old woman raped the younger man after asking him to do some chores for her when he walked past her house.

According to reports, the woman lured him into the house, locked the door, undressed him and raped him throughout the night.

A male rape survivor group – Matrix Men – has said this type of incident was becoming more common than people would imagine.

According to the organisation’s founder and spokesman, Martin Pelders, the problem with these incidents was that “people don’t see a man being raped as a serious problem, even though it causes immense damage”.

He added that male rape survivors would rarely report such a case.

“Due to social pressures and the myths which surround sexually abused men, men are reluctant and embarrassed to seek help.

“There are men who have been in therapy for years and have still never told their therapists that they were abused. This shows you the deep level of shame attached to being a survivor of sexual abuse,” Pelders pointed out.

“Most men don’t realise the impact that abuse has on their lives, and it is only through discussing it with other survivors that they begin to understand what the impact and effects are on their lives,” he added.

Men who need help for sexual abuse can contact Matrix Men on [email protected], call 078 457 4911, or contact South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse on 071 280 9918. They can also visit the respective websites, on matrixmensa.blogspot.com or www.samsosa.org

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The Star