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From: Pamela Prince
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 07:49:55 +1100
Subject: Not recommended ‘Curing lesbianism with rape?’
Am e-mail I want to share with you, my readers.
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:47:16 -0800
Subject: Curing lesbianism with rape?
Join the global outcry against “corrective rape” in South Africa
Dear Pamela ,
Earlier this year Millicent Gaika, a 30-year-old South African
woman, was tied up, beaten, strangled, tortured and raped for five
hours by a man as he screamed that he would “cure” Millicent of her
Ndumie Funda, a local community activist whose lesbian partner was
murdered in the course of a similar “corrective rape,” reached out to
Millicent through a small local charity she set up to rescue and
support survivors of “corrective rape.” But last month they both had
to go into hiding after the South African government released the
perpetrator they had helped to jail on 60 rand (less than $10) bail.
Ndumie, Millicent and others decided to fight back against the rapists
and the lack of accountability for their crimes. From a Cape Town
safehouse for survivors of ‘corrective rape,’ the women created a
petition on Change.org targeting South African Justice Minister
Please, they wrote, declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime, which
would both empower and require South African police to take a harder
line on the vicious crime.
Click here to add your name to the petition.
More than 500 “corrective rapes” are reported in South Africa each
year, and more than 30 South African lesbians have been murdered
because of their sexuality over the past decade. Worse, for every 100
men charged with rape in South Africa, 96 of them walk free.
We can help here. Last year, South Africa’s National Prosecuting
Authority went on record refusing to formally declare ‘corrective
rape’ a hate crime, saying “It is not something that the South African
government has prioritized as a specific project.”
But with enough international pressure on the South African
government, such heinous crimes might finally be taken seriously. More
than 2,000 Change.org members have added their name to the petition
created by Ndumie and Millicent. Click here to add yours: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/south_africa_declare_corrective_rape_a_h…
Thank you for taking action,
– The Change.org Team
P.S. Every time a new person signs the petition, the Justice
Minister’s office automatically gets an email. So once you join, will
you forward this to friends and family, and post on Facebook, so that
they hear a global outcry?
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