“Corrective Rape”

In most African communities, prejudice against homosexuality continues to run very deep – so deep, in fact, that people don’t appear to have a problem with committing sexual violence against lesbians in order to express that prejudice. In South Africa lesbians are being raped under the theory that this will somehow cause them to change their sexual orientation and start being sexually attracted to men.

Sadly, “corrective rape” is a growing empidemic.

Research released last year by Triangle, a leading South African gay rights organisation, revealed that a staggering 86% of black lesbians from the Western Cape said they lived in fear of sexual assault. The group says it is dealing with up to 10 new cases of “corrective rape” every week.

The Guardian:

The partially clothed body of Eudy Simelane, former star of South Africa’s acclaimed Banyana Banyana national female football squad, was found in a creek in a park in Kwa Thema, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Simelane had been gang-raped and brutally beaten before being stabbed 25 times in the face, chest and legs. As well as being one of South Africa’s best-known female footballers, Simelane was a voracious equality rights campaigner and one of the first women to live openly as a lesbian in Kwa Thema.


Her brutal murder took place last April, and since then a tide of violence against lesbian women in South Africa has continued to rise. Human rights campaigners say it is characterised by what they call “corrective rape” committed by men behind the guise of trying to “cure” lesbian women of their sexual orientation.


4 responses to ““Corrective Rape”

  1. They should just throw them in jail, put skirts and lipstick on them, and send them to finishing school. That’ll make them REAL women. Right?

  2. So sad, I’m sooo sorry, RIP to this brave woman ❤

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