Rape continues to plague our society – it is estimated that approximately 500 000 women are raped in South Africa each year. Shadowed within this horrific and overwhelming statistic is the fact that black lesbian South Africans, particularly those living in our township areas, are particularly vulnerable to being raped. Simply because of their sexual orientation.
It also suggests that lesbianism is a threat to male dominance and power, a power that is often expressed sexually. Patriarchy implies that men have the potential capacity to penetrate and when this capacity is resisted, for example by a woman assuming a lesbian identity, men are challenged to exert their sexual penetrative power. Curative rape is therefor often particularly violent. At least 10 black lesbians have been murdered since 2006.