OUT Condemns Violent Attack on Gay Man Lured Through Dating App

OUT LGBT Well-being is deeply concerned and saddened to hear of yet another violent incident where a member of the LGBTIQ+ community has been targeted through a dating app under false pretences.

On 28 April, the 28-year-old survivor (who has asked to remain anonymous) met a man he had earlier connected with on the Surge gay dating app at an apartment building in Doornfontein, Johannesburg.

He was then attacked by another four men lying in wait who held him captive. He was beaten, robbed, stabbed, and threatened with death while the criminals attempted to extort money from his friends and family to secure his release.

After being released by the gang, he was hospitalised for two weeks during which he underwent surgery, leaving him with a large scar on his stomach and chest.

It is despicable that criminals are exploiting platforms meant to provide safe spaces for queer people to find connection and intimacy, instead using them to victimise an already vulnerable community.

We urge the LGBTIQ+ community to be alert and to take precautions when meeting others through these services. We also encourage reporting any incidents to the platforms and, where safe, to the police. As was the case in this incident, not everyone in our community is aware of these threats, so it is crucial to highlight and publicise such incidents to increase awareness.

It is important to note that these attacks are not limited to any one specific dating platform; criminals will use any opportunity to lure victims into dangerous scenarios. We also call on the authorities to step up their investigations into these criminals and ensure they face the full might of the law.

OUT LGBT Well-being remains committed to supporting the LGBTIQ+ community and advocating for safer environments both online and offline.