The three women had just spent a night together in the same bed and were chatting when two men – who are known to them – stormed into their room demanding to know why three women were sharing a bed.
The two assailants, ‘Herb’ who works as a Master of Ceremony at popular bar in the CBD and ‘Blacki’, a khat hawker, proceeded to allude to the fact that they knew the women were lesbians and that they would show them who a man is.
The attackers claimed that they were going to ‘funza the lesbians adabu’ (teach them a lesson) for behaving like men and taking up the role of men in sex.
They proceeded to attack the three women, descending on them with fist punches and kicks as they tore their clothes until the women were stark naked.
The assailants then muffled the three women with torn pieces of their clothes and sexually assaulted them with empty beer bottles which they were carrying.
Identity Kenya has established that one of the women who was beaten was a key witness in a recent assault case where a trans-man had been assaulted within the same location of Nairobi.
Jane*, one of the victims in this attack, told Identity Kenya that similar low scale attacks and lesbo-phobic harassment had taken place before and reported to one of the lesbian groups in Nairobi but no action was taken since they were ‘not members of any group.’
The three women suffered head injuries and by the time Identity Kenya was going to press, only one victim had recorded a statement with the police before taking internal flight in a bid to secure her safety.
The whereabouts of the two other victims are unknown although it is reported that they had suffered extensive head injuries from the beating with bottles and therefore require medical attention. Activists say that they may also be in need of post-rape trauma counseling.
The women were threatened with more violence and death should they report the matter to any police station.
Identity Kenya is still trying to trace their whereabouts in a bid to get them medical and legal aid.