Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened by Antigay Law

Uganda FlagJuly 29, 2014 – Reported by the Advocate.com – Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda (MOHRAU) is a program of Makerere University Law School’s Refugee Law Project that helps men and boys who have been victims of sexual violence to cope and move forward with their lives. But, a report released by project organizers earlier this year says the program’s effectiveness is threatened by Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), which was signed into law earlier this year by President Yoweri Museveni.

“The Anti-Homosexuality [Act has] posed a threat to the members of the group who have proposed suspending community activities for fear of being viewed and labeled as homosexuals,” the report’s authors write. “The…AHA [has] not only reinforced homophobia but also heightened xenophobia.”

The report, titled “Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kampala Demand for Better Services,” notes the program has flourished since its inception in 2011 by creating and fostering self-help projects for group members, most of whom are refugees from other countries and not necessarily gay, bi or transgender…

via Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened by Antigay Law | Advocate.com.

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