Dr Jeffrey Ketland was a contributor to both ICMI18 in London and the online ICMI20. He’s started a petition addressed to the government, and needs just five signatures for it to move forward (I’ve just signed). The content of the petition:
Under the UK legislation (Sexual Offences Act 2003), if a woman subjects a man to coercive sexual intercourse by what is known as “forced-to-penetrate”, this is not classified, under law, as rape. However, it is rape: its method is the same as rape and its outcome for the victim is the same.
The issue of forced-to-penetrate has been studied by researchers. See report here.
Because forced-to-penetrate is not classified as rape, this means rape of a male victim by a woman is, in effect, decriminalized under UK law. Those who commit this crime are not held to account. It is important that a society not excuse rape; should hold rapists to account; and rape victims not be blamed. Yet current legislation does this to men who are raped.
You can reach the petition to sign it here.
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