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We’ve all seen everyone around campus with their headphones in, headed off to their next class or meeting or meal.Music makes the walk (or ride if you’re somebody that bikes or skateboards around campus) seem faster, unless you’ve got somebody to walk with.This is amid a backdrop of parts of the country "becoming more homophobic", as one recent victim asserts.Compared to many of South Africa's victims, Mvuleni was lucky: she survived. In 2007, to cite one incident, Sizakele Sigasa, a women's and gay rights activist, and her friend Salone Massooa, were outside a bar when a group of men started heckling and calling them tomboys. Mvuleni's case was also unusual as, unlike 24 out of 25 rapes that even reach trial in South Africa, two of her attackers were convicted and imprisoned for 25 years. Ever since a 1998-2000 report by the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs ranked South Africa as highest for rapes per capita, it has repeatedly been described as the rape capital of the world: 500,000 rapes a year; one every 17 seconds; one in every two women will be raped in her lifetime.
But despite recognition and international coverage, corrective rape in the region is escalating in severity, according to Clare Carter, the photographer behind these images.
There is one testimony in particular that stands out, from a young woman called Pearl Mali.
Carter was introduced to her by Funeka Soldaat, who runs Free Gender, an LGBT rights organisation that specialises in helping victims of corrective rapes. Her mother suspected Pearl might be a lesbian as she was a "tomboy" and so one day her mother returned home from church with an "old man".
"My mum and this guy took the baby away when he was seven months old because I was still a lesbian." Her mother believed that if Pearl touched and fed the boy "it will make him gay".
Pearl moved out and went to court to gain access, but three years later, she is still trying to win custody and is currently only allowed to visit her son at weekends.