Saturday, May 19, 2012

a sociology cookie a week #1

Corrective rape
Corrective rape is the use of rape against people who violate social norms regarding human sexuality and gender roles, often lesbians but sometimes gay men, with a goal of punishment of abnormal behavior and reinforcement of societal norms.The crime was first identified in South Africa where it is sometimes supervised by members of the woman's family or local community, and is a major contributor to HIV infection in South African lesbians.Corrective rape has also been known to occur in Thailand, Ecuador, Canada, the United States, and Zimbabwe.Corrective rape and the accompanying violence can result in physical and psychological trauma, mutilation, HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy, and may contribute to suicide.
——Definition from wikipedia

I was so shocked when I found out that this was a socially-approved practice in some religious groups!
And how some family members would stay and watch to CHAPERON the whole rape. It is absolutely absurd and inhumane. How are we called 'liberated minds' when this kind of behaviour is still going on in the world we call 'modern'?

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