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Demand South Africa Address Its Corrective Rape Epidemic

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South Africa has been dubbed the rape capital of the world. Statistics show that one-quarter of all women in the country are raped, with many being raped before they turn 16-years-old. If those numbers are true, that means that nearly half a million South African women are raped each year.

Beyond this ugly statistic, South Africa has also become an epicenter for a phenomenon known as "corrective rape," where gays and lesbians (particularly lesbians) are raped by assailants in an effort to cure them of their homosexuality. Estimates show that upwards of 10 people per week report that they've been victims of "corrective rape," and that often times their perpetrators walk free.

It's time to demand that the South African government, particularly the administration of President Jacob Zuma, address this ugly phenomenon. The whole world will be watching South Africa this year as the country prepares to host the 2010 World Cup. With the whole world watching, South Africa's time to act is now to address its culture of rape, and the abhorrent practice of "corrective rape." Send the South African government a message now that inaction in the face of this injustice is intolerable.

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