Corrective rape affects not only SA but also many other countries such as Thailand,(41) Zimbabwe,(42) Namibia,(43) and Ecuador.(44) In townships where there is urban decay, women are restricted to lives rife with male dominance and oppression. In these circumstances a majority of men, despite being educated, disagree with a lesbian’s preferred sexual orientation on the basis that it violates cultural and religious norms. Unlike many other countries that lack the legal framework to protect lesbians, SA is in a unique position to correct corrective rape. However, its lack of routine punishment for rape has had deadly consequences, including increases in HIV incidence. Such atrocities strengthen historic gender gaps and leave lesbians at increased vulnerability to attack. In order for SA to remedy these challenges, it must define corrective rape as a ‘hate crime’ and proceed to criminalise those violating the tenets of freedom that SA so valiantly fought for.