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Teen boys gang raped lesbian to ‘correct’ her sexuality

Teen boys gang raped lesbian to ‘correct’ her sexuality

  • Attack happened in Cape Town as it celebrated its Pride festival this weekend.
Cape Town police arresting two suspects.

While party-goers celebrated at Cape Town Pride Festival this weekend, three men held a lesbian captive and raped her nearby.

Police believe the suspects gang-raped her with the excuse they were ‘correcting’ her sexuality.

Now officers have arrested two boys, aged 14 and 17 for the attack. But a third suspect is on the run and investigators are vowing to track him down.

The attack happened late on Friday (28 February), just hours before the main party of the Cape Town Pride Festival. The party on Saturday was a highlight of the South African city’s LGBT+ annual celebrations.

Dog Pound gang attack

Colonel Dawood Laing, commander of Grassy Park station in Cape Town told the Daily voice the victim was a 25-year-old woman.

She was walking to a shop in Lotus River on Friday, shortly after 10pm, when one suspect approached her. The man, who she knows, said someone wanted to speak to her at a house in Duiker Avenue, a few minutes walk away.

She went with him to a ‘hokkie’ or shack behind the main house. Once there, three men held her. Laing says they are all members of the Dog Pound gang – a well-established, violent Cape Town gang.

Laing says one of the teens put his arm around the woman and told her he was in the mood for sex.

‘He then threw her down to the floor of the hokkie and pulled off her pants. He sodomised her and the other two suspects also both sodomised her and they let her go.’

He says the traumatised woman ran home but found her family sleeping and waited until Saturday morning to report the matter.

Laing adds: ‘She went to her girlfriend who called the police and a case was registered.

‘She was taken to the hospital and officers went on the hunt for the suspects on Monday morning.

‘They found two of the gangsters, aged 14 and 17, while the third suspect is on the run.’

‘Corrective rape’ in South Africa

‘Corrective rape’ is a hate crime in which attackers rape victims because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The term originated in South Africa which has seen the most recorded cases and the most high-profile cases.

But ‘corrective rape’ has also happened in Ecuador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe.

Laing said the police and community are appalled by the ‘horrific crime’.

He added: ‘We condemn all violence against women and children and this rape will not go unpunished as they specifically preyed on a lesbian woman.

‘Even more shocking is that Capetonians recently celebrated the Cape Town Pride Festival.

‘The third suspect is known as Boofie and I want anyone who knows where he is hiding to call me.’

Anyone with information should contact Cape Town Police.

Support for LGBT+ people

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