Living With South Africa’s ‘Corrective Rape’ Culture

Corrective rape, the attempt to “cure” lesbians to heterosexuality, is escalating in severity in South Africa. This film explores the phenomenon through the story of a black single mother from near Johannesburg.

Busisiwe’s five children are all the offspring of corrective rape. As a lesbian, she was raped in order to be “cured” of her homosexuality. Despite that they’re a product of the hate crime, her relationship with her children is not destroyed: “I only want them to succeed in life, to have the things I didn’t.” In Gauteng near Johannesburg, crime and violence are on the increase and life is tough. With the courage found in her children, Busisiwe helps to inform the young the importance of safe sex.

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