Sexual Assault

200 Sri Lankan Men Say Government Officials Raped And Tortured Them

Almost 200 men in Sri Lanka are accusing the government of torture and rape, as reported by the AP.

Several men within the Tamil ethnic minority group became suspects of the government and were assumed to be a part of militant group, the Tamil Tigers.

These men report that they were captured and blindfolded by government officials before being taken to a torture room where they were branded with tiger stripes, tortured, and raped.

One man says that he was held in a small room for three weeks. In that room, he was burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods, and raped at least a dozen times.

Meanwhile, others recount that they were sexually assaulted in multiple ways such as being forced to touch the genitals of their torturers or assaulted with sticks rapped in barbed wire.

Human rights investigator Piers Pigou shared his horror at the tales of atrocities happening in Sri Lanka.

“The levels of sexual abuse being perpetuated in Sri Lanka by authorities are the most egregious and perverted that I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Keep in mind that the civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government ended in 2009, which raises suspicions on why some of the men were taken in the first place. For instance, one victim is only 19, making his involvement in a war that ended 8 years ago suspect.

To escape, many of the victims are seeking asylum in Europe while many are resorting to suicide attempts.

But, of course, the Sri Lankan government denies these claims and any involvement with the torture.

“The army was not involved,” says Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake. “I’m sure that police also were not involved. There’s no reason for us to do that now.”

In addition, the Sri Lankan government has been trying to put on a good face for its international affairs since the end of the war. This includes outlawing anti-LGBTQ discrimination and planning to decriminalize homosexuality all together.

The UN has praised the country’s turn of policy, but perhaps that will change soon now that these accounts of torture and rape are coming out.

Hollywood Agent Tyler Grasham Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Actors Was Fired

It just came in that Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham has been fired from the Agency for the Performing Arts (otherwise known as APA).

“Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately,” APA spokesperson Manfred Westphal said while speaking to The Wrap.

News first broke when actors Blaise Godbe Lipman, Lucas Ozarowski, and an unidentified third man accused Grasham of giving them alcohol and sexually assaulting them multiple times while they were teenagers.

After the story went viral, teen actors like Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard and Disney’s Descendants star Cameron Boyce fired the agent from their service.

In addition, Grasham was placed on “leave of absence” earlier Friday while the APA announced it would hired a third party to investigate the situation.

Now, it seems the agency has elected to fire Tyler Grasham entirely.

Meanwhile, Blaise Godbe Lipman posted on Facebook his appreciation of everyone who supported him in speaking out against Grasham.