Rape of individuals with disability: AIDS and the folk belief of virgin cleansing

Author: 
Groce,Nora Ellen
Trasi,Reshma
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
1663
End Page: 
1664
Volume: 
363
Issue: 
9422
Abstract: 
The belief that a sexually transmitted disease can be cured by having sexual intercourse with a virgin is referred to as virgin cleansing and has been documented in various regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This paper outlines the central issues surrounding the rape of disabled individuals as perpetrated by individuals infected with HIV. One study cited documented the virgin rape of disabled persons in 14 out of 21 countries assessed. Disabled people are particularly at risk of victimization given the specifics of their respective disability (i.e., blind, deaf, physically impaired, or intellectually disabled) as well as the challenges and barriers they face within the legal environment. For example, in the event that they do try to disclose their victimization, officials often reject their reports, assuming them to be confused. In some regions, individuals with disability are not even permitted to file a police report or to appear in court. All of these factors
Topic Areas: 
Disabled; myths/stereotypes; risk
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
2312
Publication Date: 
2004/05/22