City Council is renewing appeal after a man was sexually assaulted by three men in North Belfast

A Belfast councilor has again asked for information about a serious sexual assault on a man by three men.

Mal O’Hara, program director at BBC Good Morning Ulster, said “we need to break the taboo” on men reporting such attacks.

The victim was walking his dogs in the Woodvale Avenue area Saturday night when he was attacked.

Police said three other men were involved and all three are described as in their 40s and around 5’8.

Detective Sergeant Corry said: “Around 7.30pm it was reported that a man in his 40s was walking his two dogs in the area when he was approached and sexually assaulted by three unidentified men.

“All three men are described as being in their 40s and approximately 5ft 8 tall. The first man is stocky, bald and wears a colorful shirt.

“The second, slim built with a three-day stubble and a black top, and the third also stocky built, is said to be wearing a gray track top, gray track pants and white sneakers.

“This man is also believed to have a spiral design tattoo on his inner forearm.”

Green Party leader Mal O’Hara told the BBC his thoughts are with the victim.

“Police have appealed, they have provided descriptions of the three men alleged to have carried out the attack,” he said.

“And we’re trying to encourage as many people as possible who were in the Woodvale area at 7:30pm on Saturday night to come forward.

“These three men in this group would have been quite different. Or the victim who walked his two dogs.

“So if people have any information, anything that might refresh their memory, please contact the police as soon as possible and let them know what you might know.”

Mr O’Hara said the victim was left “quite devastated” and it catches people’s eye because it was “male violence against men”.

He added: “We know sexual and domestic violence is a gender issue, it happens to women.

“We need a strategy against violence against women and girls in Northern Ireland to address this because it is systemic.

“But sexual violence and domestic violence also happens against men and that’s probably why this case catches the eye of so many people.

“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual or domestic violence to get in touch with the support services that are out there.

“There are services and we need to break this male reporting taboo.” City Council is renewing appeal after a man was sexually assaulted by three men in North Belfast

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