Finally having an encounter with victims of gay bashing after researching and writing about it in a post I titled, “GAY BASHING; CHRIST’S PERSPECTIVE!” , it was an indescribable experience. So many questions kept rushing through my mind but I couldn’t help but notice their brokenness, fear and the incessant sobbing of one of the victims. I was shook, I could write nothing but I knew I wouldn’t forget any of their words in a hurry. This is going to be quite a vague write-up for the sake of anonymity but the important things you need to know will definitely not be left out.
DURING THE ATTACK
“I was surprised that people who loved me and treated me like a brother turned on me and beat me like I was an animal the moment they found out I was gay” his face fell into his palms and he was not able to say another word, overwhelmed with tears. “It felt like it will never end when I was receiving those lashes….well, it never did. I live everyday of my life in fear. Unable to go out anymore….I’m always looking over my shoulders.”
AFTER THE ATTACK
“I was not myself for months when it happened to me” one of them said while the other continued to cry.
WAS THERE HELP?
“Yes, there was help from a human rights organization. They offered health care and also legal aid…I was very pleased with their help” For me, it was surprising to find out that there is an organization or a support system that actually tries to help with their little funding and resources available to them.
“We were able to catch the culprit that initiated the attack,” he said. “Sadly, the charges given him actually had nothing to with the fact he attacked me or beat me up. Charges were raised against him from other stuff….”, he said, biting his lips in anger.
“Representatives from the organization, two policemen and I were almost lynched by the community when we were going to get him arrested” he said.
“With my case, I went with a patrol to do the arrest.” another said. “The arrest was done and done very well without a scratch on us.”
It was actually shocking hearing all of that. It was in that moment that I realized that this issue was not an issue of morality. Because if it were, who’d be morally upright in this instance; the attacker or the victims. If these things were really happening, how come the media and people of Ghana are so quiet about it so much that we live without the consciousness of these terrible happenings.
I felt it was important to write about this so that people know that justice is served whenever someone treats another human being like an animal and to also prove that they have emotions too….they are very human.
You don’t have to be a victim or have to know someone who suffered this, you just need to be a human being to be empathetic enough to bring a stop to this. Are you religious? Even more so should you want to stand against this like Jesus would. You can start in your little way by clicking on a share button to let the world know.