Today In Terribleness: “Curing” Lesbians With Rape!

How’s this for an evil/nonsensical “trend” — in South Africa, the number of lesbian women who’ve reported being raped to “cure” them of their gayness is on the rise. “What we’re seeing is a spike in the numbers of women coming to us having been raped and who have been told throughout the attack that being a lesbian was to blame for what was happening to them,” said Vanessa Ludwig, the chief executive of Triangle, a gay rights organization. Additionally, local authorities are not classifying these attacks as hate crimes when the women report them, nor are they taking significant steps in trying to solve these cases or curb them. These crimes are hardly few and far between, especially in a country where incidents of rape against women in general are disturbingly high. Triangle reports that 86 percent of lesbians in Western Cape Town, South Africa, say that they live in constant fear of being raped, while 10 cases of “corrective” sexual assault crimes are reported every week. In addition to be insanely evil and awful, how on earth does this even make sense in the warped mind of a rapist? Why would raping a woman who already doesn’t have sexual interest in men suddenly “cure” her so that she does? In the clip above, from a documentary on the subject, a South African man explains, in a disturbingly laissez-faire attitude, why the “practice” makes sense (FYI, he just doesn’t have the “time” to do it himself). [Guardian U.K.]

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