Saturday, March 21, 2009

End "Corrective" Rape of Lesbians in South Africa

There is a high and horrific rate of lesbians being raped as part of a "corrective" measure to alter their sexual orientation in South Africa, with little penalty or action on the part of authorities to hold the perpetrators accountable. Reports suggest that there may be as many as 10 "corrective" rapes per week!

Lesbians and gays are recognized under the South African constitution, but crimes against them are not considered hate crimes. 31 lesbian women have been murdered in homophobic attacks since 1998 and in all that time there has only been 1 conviction.

Please sign the petition telling South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to consider "corrective" rape against lesbians a hate crime.

6 comments:

Transgender Vanessa said...

This is disgusting. I guess you can expect no less from a country where the president tells you to 'take a shower' after sex to prevent HIV infection.

Anonymous said...

There is a horrific rate of rape in South Africa. Every year there are almost 55 thousand reported cases, and it is estimated that there are another 450 thousand cases that is never reported. Many of the victims are children. I don't see the point in singling out rape against lesbians.

To Transgender Vanessa: Jacob Zuma, the guy who said that he didn't have to worry about contracting HIV after having sex with a HIV infected woman since he took a shower afterwards, is not yet president of South Africa. Unfortunately, it is almost certain that he will become the president after the elections April 22.

Queers United said...

Explanation for deleted comment - racist comments will not be tolerated.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh...That is horrid...How could this
government just turn their backs on these
types of crime...

TACKLE YOU HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laurie

Anonymous said...

I wanna know what the hell is wrong with people. Seems the world has gone more nuts than before, and Africa is really standing out with these horific crimes. I just don't understand.....WHY????

Ty said...

I saw this last week and wrote a response to it on my blog. I am southern African and this is really disheartening to read.

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