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Petition seeks to end ‘corrective rape’ against lesbians

Avaaz, a global web human rights advocacy organization, issued a call today for its users to sign a petition asking South Africa President Jacob Zuma and Jeffrey Radebe, minister of the country’s Department of Health, to address “corrective rape,” the practice of sexually assaulting lesbians to “cure” their sexuality.

Avaaz’s petition reads:

We call on you to publicly condemn 'corrective rape', criminalise hate crimes, and ensure immediate enforcement, public education and protection to victims. This terrible practice can only be stopped with leadership from your office and throughout government.