TW: This story contains details of rape and assault.
It was a the most terrifying night of his life and Sbu Msomi is still recovering from the trauma he endued when three men tried to rape him.
The 24-year-old from Durban was walking home from work when he was attacked.
“It was around 6pm when three men asked where I was going. I innocently answered and they offered me a lift,” Sbu tells Move!.
When he got into the car, he realised how drunk they were and he began to worry.
“Initially my worry was about safety, I thought about the possibility of getting into an accident because they were drunk. They then started complimenting me in a weird way, saying, ‘Good-looking men like me are the ones who take their girlfriends’. I thought it was a joke, so I laughed, then the driver stopped the car and asked, ‘Oh, so you find this funny?’”
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#GuysDoGetRapedToo Here's my story! Tuesday on my way home from work around 6pm. I got a lift from 3 guys, i was like ??? "what could possibly go wrong" i got IN. Few seconds IN i noticed they Drunk.Lamajita started complimenting me in a very weird way saying "Good looking guys like me ibona ababathathela izintombi zabo", i didn't take it serious so i laughed. The guy behind the wheel stopped the car and said to me "oh so you find this funny".. They started being aggressive for no reason and one of them was like "asimbonise ukthy oCheese boy sibenzanjani" bakhipha isbhamu. They dragged me out of the Car, gave me few slaps, kicked me on the face! Other 2 guys were busy trying to take off my pants, and they did, took off my undies too. I was busy apologizing for something i don't know! ?? They pushed me against the car, two were holding me while the other one bekaBusy un-dressing himself getting ready to penetrate me??He tried inserting his penis but luckily before it got in, they got interrupted by a group of people walking towards us. They rushed inside the car and left. I couldn't stop Thanking God! I can't imagine what would have happened if they didn't get interrupted ??So now you get attacked and get raped for being GoodLooking??? Fam and friends who have been supportive the past few days NGIYABONGA.
Before he understood what was happening, things took a turn for the worst and Sbu was dragged out of the car and beaten up.
“While they dragged me out of the car, they slapped me and kicked me in the face. Two of the men then tried to take off my pants, and they did. They even took off my underwear. The one was undressing himself and getting ready to penetrate me. He tried inserting his penis but luckily before he did, they got interrupted by a group of people walking towards us,” an emotional Sbu explains.
That is how he escaped the ordeal. The men sped off and he was taken to hospital by a passer-by.
“I couldn't stop thanking God. I can't imagine what would have happened if they didn't get interrupted.”
Sbu chose to share his story on social media because he wants this ordeal to not traumatise and imprison him.
Upon sharing it, he has received private messages from other men who have been raped but never reported it or talked about it. This, he says, has inspired him to advocate for male victims of rape through his platform.