Speaking out

Disabled man beaten and raped by five men bravely speaks out, “I want them to be found”

Steven (seated on the right) and his husband Matthew.

Steven Greyeyes-Clouse is autistic and has cerebral palsy. Last Friday, he was at Tahoe Park in Sacramento, filling in an adult coloring book, when he says a group of four men approached, exposing themselves to him.

Sensing trouble, 29-year-old Greyeyes-Clouse gathered his things and left. He went to a nearby bathroom to hide. That’s when he says an older Hispanic man entered the room and threatened him with a knife.

Before he knew it, the other four guys were also there. They forced themselves on him, mocking his disability while choking and beating and, ultimately, gang raping him.

“I wanted to scream and yell and cry,” Greyeyes-Clouse tells the Sacramento Bee. “But they said if I screamed or cried they were either going to cut my hand open or they were going to kill me.”

They also threatened to kidnap him and taking him “somewhere far away” where he would never be found.

Eventually, Greyeyes-Clouse blacked out. After regaining consciousness, the men were gone. He was taken to an area hospital, where he submitted a rape kit test and was treated for a concussion.

A police investigation is now underway.

“I want them to be found,” Greyeyes-Clouse says. “They can go behind bars and learn what they’ve done to someone with special needs who did not deserve getting this at all.”

Greyeyes-Clouse, who works as a professional dog walker, says since the attack he’s been afraid to leave the house. His husband, Matthew, has also been very upset. But he’s speaking out in hopes that sharing his story leads to his assailants’ capture, as well as to helps other survivors of sexual assault.

“I want people to understand that I’m doing this so nobody gets hurt by these same guys like I did,” he says. “And they don’t have to be afraid. They can just talk to someone. I want to help those who are in need of talking to. Who have been through what I’ve been through.”

Watch the brave interview HERE.

h/t: Sacramento Bee