Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Rape: UK Governments Response

Update 28/09/2016: new petition has been launched - let's get this one debated in parliament!


The Ministry of Justice doesn't think that victims of female perpetrators deserve equal justice to victims of male perpetrators. This means how the data is collected will continue to exclude victims, and society's attitude towards the Rape Culture dismissing victims of female perpetrators will not be addressed.

See the petition and their response here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124524
[There is a NEW petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/167582 Please sign and share this one!]

THIS IS DISGUSTING and dismissing women's impact and agency equally to men, and allows female sexual predators to continue - they are rape apologists. The UK Government is supporting rape myths against victims of female perpetrators.

If you are a UK citizen,please write to your local MP and tell them this is NOT acceptable.

How to conatact your MP: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Quoted from the UK Government's response:

"The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “change the legal definition of rape in the uk to include female on male rape”.

Government responded:
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 protects both men and women from serious sexual offending. We are committed to tackling sexual offending in all its forms.

All non-consensual sexual penetration is dealt with by specific serious offences, including those that can be committed by a man or a woman. For example, the offence of assault by penetration carries the same maximum penalty as rape.

The sentences available under the Act for all sexual offences are significant and reflect the seriousness of the offending. 

Issues surrounding the definition of rape were considered both in the “Setting the Boundaries” consultation published prior to the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and, during the passage of that legislation through Parliament. In the consultation there was a considerable amount of agreement that rape should remain an offence of penile penetration, but that the definition be extended to include penile penetration of the mouth.

It is true that “rape” under Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is, in the majority of cases, committed by a man, but there are some rare exceptions for example, when a woman is actively involved in the commission of a gang rape.

We therefore have no plans to amend the legal definition of rape in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 as suggested by this e-petition.
Ministry of Justice"

Further Reading

Definition of Gendered Equality of Opportunity: http://egafeminist.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/gender-equality-of-opportunity.html

Definition of UK rape law: http://egafeminist.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/rape-definition-and-nounswap-test.html

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