South Africa: Follow Words with Action Against Rape
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South Africa: Follow Words with Action Against Rape

    1. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
    2. Petition by

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt

      New York, NY

South Africa is often dubbed the 'rape capital' of the world.

Every 17 seconds a woman is raped in South Africa, and it is estimated that a woman born in the country has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read. There are an estimated 500,000 rapes a year in South Africa, and the country has some of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world.

Studies have found one in three South African women say they were raped in the past year. Other surveys have found more than a quarter of South African men admit to raping someone. Those figures go up in South African cities, and the overall situation is getting worse, not better.

Thankfully, on March 14 the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development agreed to sustained, long term engagement on the intersecting issues of gender-based violence, anti-LGBTI violence and hate crimes.

We welcome this engagement, and call on South Africa's Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development to keep their promises, and incorporate the concerns and criticisms of civil society.

We will continue to monitor the progress of these negotiations, and look forward to a productive, cooperative working relationship with the Ministry around these issues.

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    News

    1. Campaign to Stop "Corrective Rape"

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      The justice and social development ministries will host awareness and education meetings in KwaThema, Springs, against ”corrective rape” - a term used to describe the rape of lesbians to “cure” them of their sexual orientation.

    2. Hate crimes the rise of 'corrective' rape in South Africa

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Watch this short video about corrective rape in South Africa with testimonies from both victims and supporters of the crime.

    3. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Noxolo Nkosana, who was stabbed apparently because she is a lesbian, attended a press conference to help raise awareness of corrective rape.

    4. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Anger after attack on CT lesbian

    5. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      New anti street harassment film out of Cape Town

    6. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Acts of 'corrective rape' on the increase across South Africa

    7. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      In South Africa's black townships, being gay can be fatal

    8. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      'Corrective rape' needs to be classified as a 'hate crime'. The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 prohibits 'hate crimes' committed against persons of a specific group.

    9. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Another video of protests against "corrective rape" in Cape Town

    10. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Protest against 'corrective' rape in Cape Town, South Africa

    11. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      In South Africa, lesbian murder case highlights justice system's slow response

    12. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      "It's only a matter of time before another 'corrective rape'"

    13. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Activists Call For Retaliation Against Corrective Rape in South Africa

    14. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Corrective rape 'heartless': ANC Women's League

    15. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      A 13-year-old girl became the latest victim of “corrective rape,” South African media reported on Saturday, as the trend of violent attacks on lesbians showed no signs of letting up.

    16. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Media coverage continues to pour in: <a href='http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/05/05/south.africa.gay.activist.killed/'; rel='nofollow'>CNN</a>, <a href='http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13291223'; rel='nofollow'>BBC</a>, <a href='http://chn.ge/lEfOo3'; rel='nofollow'>ABC News</a>, <a href='http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/South-Africa-InitiatesTeam-to-Respond-to-Homophobic-Crimes-121340679.html'; rel='nofollow'>VOA</a>, <a href='http://mg.co.za/article/2011-05-04-task-team-set-up-to-tackle-homophobic-attacks/'; rel='nofollow'>The Mail & Guardian</a>, <a href='http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article1050249.ece/Task-team-to-tackle-anti-gay-hate-crimes'; rel='nofollow'>The Times</a>, <a href='http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chi-mgbako/africas-lgbt-rights-movement_b_856695.html'; rel='nofollow'>Huffington Post</a>, <a href='http://www.thenewage.co.za/17074-1007-53-Task_team_to_tackle_gay_hate_crimes'; rel='nofollow'>The New Age</a>, eTV, Beeld, Sowetan, Radio 702 and News24.

    17. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      CNN: Alleged rape, killing of gay rights campaigner sparks call for action

    18. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      BBC: South Africa is to set up a team to tackle hate crimes against gay people, the justice ministry says.

    19. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      ABC News: South Africa Task Force to Fight 'Corrective Rape' of Lesbians‎

    20. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Mail & Guardian: Task team set up to tackle homophobic attacks

    21. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      South Africa responds to 'corrective' rape campaign with national task force

    22. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      South Africa gay rights activists warn of homophobic attacks after murder

    23. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Activists want action from govt. on "corrective rape"

    24. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Groups working around the intersecting issues of gender-based violence, anti-LGBTI violence and hate crimes are meeting to prepare for the meeting with the Ministry of Justice next week.

    25. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      The Ministry of Justice has just sent out an invitation for a followup meeting on May 3

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jeff Archuleta DENVER, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      After watching this you'll say, "I did not see that coming!"

      http://vimeo.com/7761485

      Expertly shot & edited. Done with so much insight & attention to detail that most women who see it can't believe it was created by a man.

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0033811/

      jeff, great job on your short.

      > very clean. i am impressed

      > peace

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1843310/

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    • Kini Cosma KLAMATH FALLS, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      I hate to say this, but I was screaming "corrective rape" before this started in South Africa. "Underware-Prohibited! Bend over backwards. Bend over forwards. It's still not enough. Victims of "curative rape", when men and women try to "cure" us or cripple us. The idea is that lesbians can learn to be straight if forced into heterosexual sex. http://name-of-the-law.blogspot.com/

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    • Okie Fields LEBANON, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I can barely find the words!...what horrible statistics--women are more likely to be raped than learn to read??? This has to stop. Women, children, and babies aren't animals, they are human beings! They were not created to be the victims of men!!! What gives these men the "right" to do these things? (Technically we are, as we aren't doing anything to stop it...) Whatever needs to be done, needs to be done--and quickly!

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    • Thembi Madubandlela NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Adding my voice for justice to take its course.WANT TO SEE AN END TO THIS BARBARIC ACT! LET US CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERY GIRL CHILD IN THE WORLD

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    • Patricia Franks OGDEN, UT
      • almost 3 years ago

      Rape is a violation of another person, and no one has the right to rape anyone,maybe they should be raped

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