Human Rights Groups around the world have drawn attention to the practice of so-called “Corrective Rape” used in countries like South Africa to rid lesbian women of their homosexuality. Up until recently, this issue went largely unreported. That has changed irrevocably in the aftermath of the horrific raping of Millicent Gaika.
Gaika, 30, was nearly raped to death by Andile Ngoza. He was released from jail on a bail of 60 Rand – about $10 USD. Gaika’s testimony in court, telling the judge her attacker said, “I know you are a lesbian. You are not a man, you think you are, but I am going to show you, you are a woman.” did nothing to prevent Ngoza’s release. Rapists are frequently released with minimal or no legal repercussions, and are set free to torment their victims once more. Rape based on sexual orientation is not considered a hate crime in South Africa.
The practice must stop immediately.
Change.org has created a petition to require the South African government to add Corrective Rape to it’s hate crime list, and to persecute offenders vigorously. To date, it’s the organization’s most successful petition yet. The South African government was effectively ground to a halt due to the sheer number of emails flooding the government servers (130,000+). The government was forced to recognize the outrage of citizens across the world.
The assistant of Justice Minster Jeff Radebe, to whom the petition was addressed, admitted, “you have made it virtually impossible for us to access other emails as doing so is like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Please speak up and help us end this barbaric practice against women, against members of the LGBT community, and against our fellow human beings.