Jake Weinraub

Action Against Corrective Rape in South Africa

Filed By Jake Weinraub | May 19, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, The Movement
Tags: Cape Town, Durban Review Conference, lesbian, lesbian corrective rape, parliament, south africa

Protesters gathered outside of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday to put pressure on the South African government to directly address lesbian "corrective rape" - the idea that rape will 'fix' a woman's lesbianism, or 'show her what she's missing.' Organizers are calling these attacks an epidemic, and are reinvigorating action following the murder of yet another young lesbian in KwaMushi, outside Durban.

During my time studing abroad in Cape Town last year, seven of these incidences occurred in my five months there, and those were just the ones that went reported. Protesters are calling for the South African government to speed up efforts on their hate crimes task team, and to have a hand in how the team goes about their work. QueerZa writes, "Policy is good and well only if it results in action and ultimately a change in our society."


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Rick Sutton | May 19, 2011 9:38 PM

As a father of daughters this outraged me.

Oh yeah--two words that never belong together, EVER: corrective and rape.

Civility and decency weep.

Forceful abduction, confinement, and rape are never right, in any instance. For a government to not be shocked and swiftly moving for justice is national shame. Everyone deserves equal protections, respect, and dignity.

This is an intolerable situation. It saddens me greatly that is not being more condemned.

I'd be interested to hear what the reaction was like for those seven corrective rapes that went reported while you were studying in South Africa, Jake. Was there an uproar? Or are these more recent protests the most visible opposition we've seen so far?

Great to see grassroots LGBT activism instead of it coming from the outside.