Man raped in gang attack

Published Friday, 09 March 2012
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A 26-year-old man has been allegedly raped in west Belfast after being held down by a gang of men while one of them assaulted him.

Man raped in gang attack
The victim was forced down an alleyway by his attacker. (© UTV)

The victim was walking in the area of Aspen Walk, Twinbrook, during the early hours of Friday when he was forced down an alleyway by his attacker.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Aspen Walk between 11pm on Thursday and 2am on Friday to contact the Rape Crime Unit on 0845 600 8000.

Cllr Brian Heading, SDLP Mayor of Lisburn, says the community is shocked and appalled.

"This depraved attack has stunned people in the Twinbrook area. It must have been such a horrific ordeal for the victim and our thoughts are with him at this difficult time," he said.

"Regrettably, this incident brings home the fact that male rape is an evil which exists within our communities.

He added: "Victims can carry the physical and mental scars of rape with them their whole lives and it is essential that better support services are put in place to help them."

© UTV News
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Michael Mc Cartney in Portaferry wrote (1,056 days ago):
I hope this is a "one off". But if it is a new tactic to be used by those thugs who inhabit the underbelly of society here, then police need all the help they can to get to the bottom of it The victim deserves the same sympathy we give female victims, although it may be a different but no less devastating experience for him.
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