R.T. is a gay man from Peru who fled to the United States because he was the victim of severe harassment and violence in his home country. While in Lima, Peru, he was physically assaulted several times in public, and was subjected to sexual abuse as well. The persecution started when he was young, with verbal and emotional abuse that eventually led to physical abuse. As he grew older, the abuse and harassment only worsened. After being stripped naked at his workplace by co-workers who constantly harassed and physically abused him, he fled to the United States fearing for his life. Neither the Peruvian authorities nor his employer would protect him from the other employees who harassed and assaulted him. With the guidance of a Peruvian friend residing in San Francisco, R.T. obtained a visa to come to the U.S. where he found NCLR and was able to apply for asylum. His application was granted in July 2009.