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Wed Aug 20, 2014, 12:39 AM

9. The term was not created by the authors

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

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