MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Dr. Teri Murphy

Keywords

corrective rape, sexual assault, South Africa, lesbians, LGBTI, gender-­‐based violence

Abstract

South Africa has the highest rate of sexual violence out of all countries worldwide not at war. Situated within this landscape of gender-­‐based violence and rape, lesbian and gender nonconforming women—particularly those living in rural townships—are being increasingly targeted in what has widely become known as the crime of corrective rape, in which they are singled out by perpetrators with the specific intent to punish or correct their sexual orientation. Often these crimes result in death and perpetrators generally go unpunished. This project is intended to provide grassroots organizations working in South Africa with a better working knowledge of corrective rape, what drives it and how individuals can help work against it, as well as strategies for working directly with survivors of these crimes and personal self care for service providers. By increasing awareness on behalf of service providers at a grassroots level, a discussion of the taboo subject of sexual assault can continue to gain momentum and contribute to an improved environment of support services for survivors.

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