THE GLEANER Lesbians Targeted By Men Who Want To ‘Straighten Them Out’

Nadine Wilson-Harris

Staff Reporter

A recent study has shown that 47 per cent of lesbian and bisexual women in Jamaica
have faced threats of sexual violence, actual sexual violence and/or sexual harassment
by men, with the intention, in some cases, to “straighten them out”.

The study, which was carried out by local human-rights advocacy group Quality of
Citizenship Jamaica (QCJ), was conducted online this year. Of 103 respondents surveyed,
23 per cent indicated that the sexual violation happened after they came out as
lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Latoya Nugent, the education manager for the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals
and Gays (J-FLAG), said corrective rape is a growing problem for lesbians and bisexual
women in Jamaica.