"Corrective rape" should be recognized as a hate crime, says advocate

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“Corrective rape” is a huge problem in South Africa, according to the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

Lesbians and gay men are often the targets of this crime, also called punitive rape, as a way of "curing" or "punishing" them for their sexual orientation.

In the past 10 years in South Africa, 31 lesbian women were brutally raped and murdered, says Shehnilla Mohamed.

She was in New York for consultations ahead of September's UN High Level debate on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) issues.

Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Ms Mohamed said her organization was pushing for “corrective rape” to be recognized as a hate crime.

Duration: 4'15''

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