"Corrective rape" is a criminal practice, whereby men rape lesbian women, purportedly as a means of "curing" the woman of her sexual orientation.
The term "corrective rape" was first used in the early 2000s by human rights non-governmental organisations to describe rapes committed against South African lesbians. A notable attack of this kind came in 2008 when Eudy Simelane, a member of the South Africa women's national football team and a vocal LGBT-rights activist in South Africa, was gang raped and murdered in KwaThema, Gauteng.
A November 2008 report by the NGO ActionAid and the South African Human Rights Commission called for the creation of legislation to specifically target hate crimes, including corrective rape.
- Annie Kelly, "Raped and killed for being a lesbian: South Africa ignores 'corrective' attacks", The Guardian, 2009-03-12
- Yolanda Mufweba, "'Corrective rape makes you an African woman'", Saturday Star, 2003-11-07
- Vasu Reddy, Cheryl-Ann Potgieter, and Nonhlanhla Mkhize, "Cloud over the rainbow nation: 'corrective rape' and other hate crimes against black lesbians", HSRC Review, 5(1) (March 2007): 10–11