Lesbians Targeted for “Corrective Rapes” in South Africa
by Ghulam Nabi Nizamani
A new ActionAid report describes the shocking rise of “corrective”
rape in South Africa – in which South African lesbians are being raped in an effort to “cure” them of their sexual orientation. Support
groups in Cape Town say they see 10 new cases of “corrective” rape
every week. And it’s even more widespread around the rest of the
Many perpetrators of rape already go unpunished in South Africa, but the situation is even worse for lesbian women. Indeed, 31 lesbian women have been murdered in homophobic attacks since 1998, but in only one of these cases has there been a conviction.
Although South Africa’s constitution recognizes rights of gay and
lesbian people, its legal system does not view crimes committed
against gay and lesbians on the basis of sexual orientation to be hate crimes. The South African legal system must recognize “corrective” rape as a hate crime in addition to a rape in order to establish a greater punishment for this brutal and widespread act of sexual violence. Urge South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to deem “corrective” rape a hate crime!
I am shocked and horrified to read of ActionAid’s recent report
suggesting that “corrective” rape is widespread throughout South
Africa. This practice, in which men rape lesbian women in an effort to “cure” them of their sexual orientation, is horrific and must be
stopped. Then may be many Women with Disabilities are raped and killed because of their vulnerability.
Ghulam Nabi Nizamani