“Corrective Rapes” in South Africa: Lest We Forget5October 30th, 2011Uncategorized
When we look at the history of the Gay movement in the United States remember some of the crimes committed by gay bashers in the past we, as a community, can see that we have moved much closer to achieving equality. The beginnings of the Gay Rights Movement was set in the Stonewall Inn in 1969, and began what is called “The Stonewall Riots”, in Greenwich Village.. Interestingly enough, a recent beating of a customer who was attacked after leaving the Bar, can illustrate that we still have a ways to go. When Ben Carver´s story was first reported the media used the phrase, “Alleged Gay Bashing” instead of “alleged attack”, which is the phrase usually used. This implies that victims of gay bashing will have the burden of proof not only on the fact that they were attacked but that the attack was conducted primarily because of their being gay.
People tend to get relaxed when pressures are relieved and if this happens to a Civil Rights movement it is very easy to lose ground gained. We can simply look outside of the United States however to see just how far gay discrimination can go. Last year the African Nation Uganda passed what is undoubtedly one of the most restrictive, anti-gay laws in the world, if not in history. Not only is it an automatic life sentence for committing a single homosexual act, and the death penalty for a second act, the law goes as far as making illegal for citizens to engage in homosexual acts even when not in the country. The Bill has been shown to have been supported by American conservative Christians, and both sponsors of the Bill have been shown to have very close connections with the The Family, an ultraconservative religious organization in Philadelphia. Many of these organizations, rapidly losing ground in the United States, are spending hundreds of millions of dollars pushing extreme anti gay legislation in the Third World and are finding it very easy simply because of political instability and low educational achievement rates.
But Uganda is not the only country in the region with brutal anti gay laws. Most countries in Sub Saharan Africa make homosexual acts illegal to some extent, and all of them look the other way at gay bashing. A recent development in South Africa will amply illustrate this. South African lesbians are being subjected to gang rapes, called “corrective rapes” even by authorities. The Triangle, a gay movement organization reported that there are as many as 10 of these rapes happening in the West Cape every single day. The government says that it has to remain focused on “white hate crimes”, which he claims is a much more serious crime and that his department simply does not care about these rapes. There are no police or crime scene investigators assigned to any of these cases. While this sort of behavior might be understandable in a country like Uganda, who brought us Adi Amin, it is surprising in a country like South Africa, who brought is Nelson Mandela and just 30 years ago was fighting for equal rights for everyone against the Apartheid system.
The word that comes to mine is horrific. No one should be treated this way! It makes me very sad to see how people can be cruel to one another. Just because someone is gay doesn’t give anyone the right to beat, rape, torture or kill them. A person’s sexuality is their business and no one else’s.
I wouldn’t know where to begin with this article.
No words have been create to describe the atrocities the lgbt community constantly faces, however, it is most disturbing when people who know its wrong don’t stand up against it.
I am tired of the religious fanatics trying to destroy every bit of humanity left on the world with their hate speech.
As for Africans engaging in “corrective rapes”, I wonder how is it they actually think traumatizing someone will make that person like them more, if you ask me…I say lock them up and throw away the key, people that stupid are a danger to society.
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