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In Advocacy, Sexual Assault Awareness, Volunteer on August 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

Over the last couple of months there have been soooo many articles discussing Corrective Rape in South Africa.  This is the use of sexual assault to “cure” lesbians.

First of all sexual assault of ANY kind is heinous.

Secondly, lesbians don’t need to be “cured” of ANYTHING.

Corrective Rape

Think about that for a minute. Let it walk around your brain for a bit.

If someone doesn’t agree with your way of life, what you think is good and right, your idea of how to do it, well, rape them. Dehumanize, brutalize, humiliate, and hurt them; that will turn them into what you think they should be.  Obvious right?  Wrong.

Corrective rape = Anti-gay violence

The NGO Action Aid said:

In South Africa, no woman is safe from violence. The country’s war against its women continues unabated, with an estimated 500,000 rapes, hundreds of murders and countless beatings inflicted every year. For every 25 men accused of rape in South Africa, 24 walk free.

This shameful record has resulted in an increasingly brutal and oppressive culture of male violence, in which women are forced to conform or suffer the consequences.

As part of this oppression, the country is now witnessing a backlash of crimes targeted specifically at lesbian women, who are perceived as representing a direct threat to a male-dominated society.

… Support groups say that rape is fast becoming the most widespread hate crime targeted against gay women in townships across South Africa. One lesbian and gay support group says it is dealing with 10 new cases of lesbian women being targeted for “corrective” rape every week in Cape Town alone.

Although these reports are about South Africa specifically, what makes us think it is a South African phenomenon? 

It’s not.

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