Male Rape: The Emergence of a Social and Legal Issue by Noreen Abdullah-Khan

By Noreen Abdullah-Khan

This ebook examines the taboo subject of male-on-male rape. It seems to be at men's reluctance to document rape, targeting male rape myths, together with the concept 'men who rape different males has to be homosexual' and that 'real males can't be raped'. The ebook unearths that males usually are not purely raped in felony, as is usually believed, and they endure comparable trauma to lady survivors of rape. Abdullah-Khan explores the function of newspapers in dispelling or perpetuating those myths and examines the function of the police and their attitudes in the direction of male rape survivors, additionally taking a look at people's perceptions of male rape in comparison to the realities of the adventure of fellows who've been raped.

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To the offender, such a reaction may symbolise his ultimate and complete sexual control over his victim’s body and confirm his fantasy that the victim really wanted and enjoyed the rape. Research conducted by Gregory and Lees (1999), for the Channel Four programme Dispatches (‘Male Rape’ 1995), found that the majority of assailants made attempts to arouse their victims. The researchers reiterate the point made by Groth and Burgess (1980) that this can lead the victim to question his own sexuality and can undermine his feelings of self-worth since he may feel that he ‘asked for it’.

However, s142 (2) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (which came into force on 3 November 1994) substituted a new s1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, extending the offence of rape. This provided that ‘it is an offence for a man to rape a woman or another man’,11 thus providing awareness of male rape (Rumney and Taylor 1994). 12 With regard to rape, Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states that it is an offence for a person (A) intentionally to penetrate with his penis the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) without that person’s consent if A does not reasonably believe that B consents.

The law on rape The law on rape in the UK has been amended to give recognition to the existence of males as survivors of rape, as distinct from perpetrators. Prior to the Contextualising the Issue of Male Rape 31 amendment of s1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, rape was limited to nonconsensual vaginal intercourse with a woman. 10 It was, therefore, defined as a lesser offence. However, s142 (2) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (which came into force on 3 November 1994) substituted a new s1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, extending the offence of rape.

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