Lesbian raped by her father, uncle and friend to ‘make her straight’

Family drags lesbian from her home and flogs her in front of her village

Updated March 2019 | This article has been updated to reflect that the Twitter thread in question has since been deleted.

A lesbian has said she was raped at the age of 15 by her father in order to ‘make her straight.’

The South African woman, known only as Mubizana, also accused her uncle and his friend of raping her on the same day, when her grandmother had left home to visit relatives in Dennilton, Limpopo, in the north-east of the country.

The heartbreaking Twitter thread—which is no longer online—comes as South African LGBT people struggle to come to terms with multiple horrific attacks on the community, including the torture, rape, murder and burning of married lesbian couple Joey and Anisha van Niekerk.

Content warning: The following contains graphic descriptions of rape.

Mubizana wrote: “I was 15 years old when my father came into my room intoxicated and forcefully had sex with me. I never thought a father could do something like that to their child, their own blood.”

She continued: “He said to me ‘my child I hate what you’re doing and today I’m going to prove to you that you’re a woman, you’re not a man you’re a woman so you need to like one.’

“I knew what he was on about because my father hated the fact that I am a lesbian he was actually homophobic.

“He then pull off his shoes and took off his pants, while I was still in bed trying to understand why is he taking off his pants he said to me ‘Take off your clothes so that if you decide to open a case I will tell the police I didn’t rape you, you seduced me.’

“I tried to talk to him but he couldn’t listen, he even slapped me for begging him not to do it, he slapped me for asking him not to rape me,” Mubizana wrote.

“I was young and couldn’t fight him back, I was even afraid to scream so I couldn’t, he took off my clothes and then pushed me into the bed, by that time I was fully naked and he was wearing his t-shirt but nothing to cover his private parts.

“He then came on top of me, he took his penis and placed it into my vagina and then he raped me, I’ve cried and cried but he couldn’t stop, every time I close my eyes I remember what my father did to me and I always blame myself for everything that happened.”

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