18 Ann. Surv. Int'l & Comp. L. 45 (2012)
Corrective Rape in South Africa: A Continuing Plight despite an International Human Rights Response

handle is hein.journals/ansurintcl18 and id is 59 raw text is: CORRECTIVE RAPE IN SOUTH
AFRICA: A CONTINUING PLIGHT
DESPITE AN INTERNATIONAL
HUMAN RIGHTS RESPONSE
RODERICK BROWN*
I.  INTRODUCTION
A young girl of 13 years was raped near Petroria, South Africa on May 4,
2011 because of her sexual orientation.' According to the 13-year-old
victim, her assailant told her he was curing her of lesbianism. This was
only one of the most recent attacks that have become unexpectedly
common in the Rainbow Nation-a country known for its progressive
constitution, and the first in the world to specifically proscribe
discrimination based on sexual orientation. Corrective rape, as it is
called, has claimed many victims in South Africa and around the world.
The crime has also resulted in the brutal killings of some victims,
including the particularly well-known case of former South African
soccer star, Eudy Simelane, who was gang raped and stabbed to death in
2008 because of her sexual orientation.
The term corrective rape stems from the prevalence of the crime in
South Africa, where it is used to describe rape perpetrated by straight
men against lesbian women in order to correct or cure their
*  J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law.
1. Navi Pillay, No Place for Homophobia Here, THE STAR (June 14, 2011), available at
http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/no-place-for-homophobia-here- 1.1083306.
2. South Africa: New Constitution Protects Gays and Lesbians, INTERNATIONAL GAY AND
LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (May 05, 1996), http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/
article/takeactionlresourcecenter/73.htmi.

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