corrective rape

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corrective rape (countable and uncountable, plural corrective rapes)

  1. The act of raping because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in an attempt to force the person to be heterosexual or enforce gender stereotypes; in particular, the act of raping a lesbian in an attempt to force her to be straight.
    • 2011, Donna Bryson, Associated Press, Rights group: South African lesbians face abuse, link
      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.