corrective rape

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corrective + rape. First used in South Africa and specifically in reference to the raping of lesbians.


corrective rape (countable and uncountable, plural corrective rapes)

  1. The act of raping someone because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in an attempt to force the person to be heterosexual or enforce gender stereotypes.
    • [2011 December 5, Donna Bryson, “Rights group: South African lesbians face abuse”, in Yahoo! News[1], archived from the original on 2012-11-12:
      Raping a lesbian, HRW [(Human Rights Watch)] researchers found, can make a man a township hero. Attackers boast publicly of their crimes and declare to their victims, "We'll show you you're a woman," the report said. Such attacks are known as "corrective rapes" in South Africa.]
    • 2021, S. J. Dodd, editor, The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work and Sexualities, Routledge, →ISBN, page 99:
      In early reports of corrective rape, gender non-conforming behavior among black lesbian women is cited as one of the most prevalent motivations behind the perpetration of such violence (Mufweba and Bhengu, 2003).