June 14, 2012 - Issue 476
“Corrective Rape” of Lesbians
hear of human rights abuses of
The country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill dubbed “Kill the Gays bill” criminalizes same-sex relations. And depending on which category your homosexual behavior is classified as - “aggravated homosexual” or “the offense of homosexuality”-you’ll either received the death penalty or if you’re lucky, life imprisonment.
As many as 86 percent of its lesbian population live in fear of being raped
Kato didn’t live to receive either punishment. On a list of 100 LGBTQ Ugandans whose names and photos were published in an October 2010 tabloid newspaper calling for their execution, Kato was murdered in January 2011.
the African continent there are stories of homophobic bullying, bashing
and abuses of its LGBTQ population. None of us will forget
the one country one doesn’t expect to hear of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and
human rights abuses against this population of people is
And its method to remedy its problem with lesbian is “corrective rape.”
any given day in
get raped and killed because it is accepted by our community and by our
culture” a South African man told Time reporter, Lee Middleton,
rape is the South African version of “reparative therapy.” It’s
intended objective is to rectify the sexual orientation of women who are
lesbians or perceived to be lesbians to that of heterosexual. The term
“corrective rape” was coined and first identified in
Rape is a hate crime that for the most part goes unreported and unprosecuted
And these rapes are the major contributor to HIV/AID epidemic among South African lesbians.
To many South African men who hunt down lesbians or happen upon them, “corrective rape” is seen neither as a hate crime nor as a sexual assault. South African men are sexually entitled to do them. And it’s just what patriotic men are expected to do for their country and tribe in a culture that upholds violent heterosexual patriarchal views at penis point.
In depicting a double rape, hers and that of her friend’s, Lungile Cleopatra Dladla shared with The New Yorker reporter, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, how matter-of-factly their rapist was with them.
It’s just what patriotic men are expected to do for their country and tribe
“An armed man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, came up behind them and directed them to a field. Then he undressed us. He tied us, and then he was going, ‘Ja, today I want to show you that you’re girls.’ He raped [us] both. And then, immediately after, he dressed and untied my friend’s hand and then untied my feet and then he walked…. From a distance, he shouted, ‘Now you can dress and go.’”
as the “Rape Capitol of the World,” (A study by Interpol, the international
police agency, has revealed that
2011, a woman was raped in
For example, South African President Jacob Zuma is a celebrated and acquitted rapist. He raped the daughter of a family friend. “He said that the woman in question had provoked him, by wearing a skirt and sitting with her legs uncrossed, and that it was his duty, as a Zulu man, to satisfy a sexually aroused woman,” Hunter-Gault reported.
“baby rape,” not a new phenomenon in
But what’s not being talked about in “corrective rape” is how it, too, can be see as a cure for AIDS.
For these men who are feeling the societal pressures and scorn of raping babies and young girls, lesbians are the next best choice.
With both population of females believed to be virgins, “corrective rape” can convince a rapist that he’s doing his manly duty and he’s being rewarded by being cured of AIDS, too.
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, the Rev. Irene Monroe, is a religion columnist, theologian, and public speaker. She is the Coordinator of the African-American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at the Pacific School of Religion. A native of Brooklyn, Rev. Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as a Ford Fellow. She was recently named to MSNBC’s list of 10 Black Women You Should Know. Reverend Monroe is the author of Let Your Light Shine Like a Rainbow Always: Meditations on Bible Prayers for Not’So’Everyday Moments. As an African-American feminist theologian, she speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible. Her website is irenemonroe.com. Click here to contact the Rev. Monroe.