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9. The term was not created by the authors
Wed Aug 20, 2014, 01:39 AM
Aug 2014

It's been in use for years and was first coined in South Africa. It's called "corrective rape" because it's believed that such rape will turn lesbians into heterosexuals, believe it or not. In some cases it has been perpetrated to "teach a lesson" to other lesbians, i.e., this is what will happen to you if you reject men. Those who survive "corrective rape" may endure permanent physical damage, HIV, or pregnancy, not to mention the psychological damage.

The total number of women who have been subjected to corrective rape in SA is unknown as many lesbians are too fearful to report it. However, this kind of assault has been going on for years. If you take a look at the links I provided in post #2, especially that first link, you'll read some of their stories.

Here is another article on this barbaric practice:
Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of 'corrective rape' - aimed at 'curing' lesbians

Mvuleni Fana was walking down a quiet alleyway in Springs – 30 miles east of Johannesburg – on her way home from football practice one evening when four men surrounded her and dragged her back to the football stadium. She recognised her attackers. One by one, the men raped her, beating her unconscious and leaving her for dead.

The next morning, Mvuleni came round, bleeding, battered, in shock, and taunted by one overriding memory – the last thing they said to her before she passed out: "After everything we're going to do to you, you're going to be a real woman, and you're never going to act like this again".

Corrective rape is a hate crime wielded to convert lesbians to heterosexuality – an attempt to 'cure' them of being gay. The term was coined in South Africa in the early 2000s when charity workers first noticed an influx of such attacks. But despite recognition and international coverage, corrective rape in the region is escalating in severity, according to Clare Carter, the photographer behind these images. This is amid a backdrop of parts of the country "becoming more homophobic", as one recent victim asserts.

Compared to many of South Africa's victims, Mvuleni was lucky: she survived. At least 31 women in the past 15 years did not. In 2007, to cite one incident, Sizakele Sigasa, a women's and gay rights activist, and her friend Salone Massooa, were outside a bar when a group of men started heckling and calling them tomboys. The women were gang raped, tortured, tied up with their underwear and shot in the head. Executed. No one was ever convicted.... MORE at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/crisis-in-south-africa-the-shocking-practice-of-corrective-rape--aimed-at-curing-lesbians-9033224.html

... historylovr Aug 2014 #1
Gift is just the latest victim of "corrective rape" theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #2
^ n/t BlancheSplanchnik Aug 2014 #4
Makes me want to throw up shenmue Aug 2014 #3
Me too. nomorenomore08 Aug 2014 #6
Absolutely disgusting. Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #5
So kids play rape ismnotwasm Aug 2014 #7
Like you, the word "corrective" gives me fits! Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #8
The term was not created by the authors theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #9
That is just nauseating! Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #10
It's out of control in many African nations theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #12
I join you in your cynicism. Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #13
Yes, I noticed. theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #15
I hear you, I have to censor myself too. Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #17
We're never supposed to be insulted or outraged theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #19
The ponies...I remember the ponies. Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #20
That's the way I judge my recs. theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #21
More stats theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #14
"More than 10 lesbians are raped or gang-raped weekly" WEEKLY!?! Behind the Aegis Aug 2014 #16
SA has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #18
It's supposed to "correct" their sexual orientation theHandpuppet Aug 2014 #11
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