Police say four women sexually assaulted a 19-year-old man after meeting him at a Toronto nightclub, The Globe and Mail reports.
On March 31, the suspects reportedly offered to drive the man home but instead took him to a parking lot where police say they attacked him, according to the news outlet. The women are described as being white, in their 30s, all about 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 200 pounds, according to several reports. They wore short black dresses with high heels.
Authorities did not reveal the specifics of the attack, and no arrests have been made. The victim, who did not come forward until April 5, was uninjured, the Toronto Sun reports.
Toronto Police Det.-Const. Shannon McParland praised the man for reporting the crime. Curtis St. John of the Male Survivor support network similarly told the Sun that the stigma of being attacked by females can shame a male victim into silence.
“Men grow up feeling they have to be in control of every situation," he said.
Nicole Pietsch, coordinator of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, told the National Post that while the idea of a man being sexually preyed on by women is sometimes considered "lucky," it "just feeds into the myth that sexual violence is something the victim wants."
As the Post notes, men made up 8 percent of the adult sex assault claims reported to police across Canada, according to a 2003 report Canadian Centre for Justice.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 2.78 million American men "have been victims of sexual assault or rape."
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated, "The victim, who did not come forward until April 5, was unhurt." The wording has been changed to say "uninjured."
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