The ‘L’ word: An evaluation of corrective rape in South Africa

by Ishan Asokan
Consultancy Africa Intelligence (Pty) Ltd., 17 September 2012

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Rape takes on new meaning in South Africa (SA), where it serves as a supposed ‘cure’ for lesbianism across provincial townships. Non-white lesbians are especially subject to corrective rape practices, carried out with the intention of eliminating nonconforming sexual orientation. The downstream effects of such violence include a greater predisposition to abuse, unwanted pregnancy, depression, and HIV infection. In extreme cases, corrective rape can result in the victim’s murder. Despite SA embracing post-apartheid progress, this problem is pervasive and must be eliminated.

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