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Change the definition of rape to be more inclusive

    1. Petition by

      Derp Jerk

      Jerk, NJ

I'll just be honest right now and say that rape laws across the nation are a mess at the moment.  For example, the current FBI definitions of rape exclude a large number of victims of all genders. A man can be force-fed Viagra and be used sexually against his will. And as long as he isn't penetrated in any way, it won't be considered rape by the nation as a whole. This is obviously a bad thing; many people are excluded and not protected properly by rape laws. This must change. The FBI definition might be improved, perhaps, by adding provisions for acts like forced envelopment.

Furthermore, laws from state to state vary wildly, and are sometimes extremely unclear.  For example, the criminal code of Alabama, in Section 13A-6-60, defines sexual intercourse as "its ordinary meaning", whatever that is.  I assume it has to do with penis - in - vagina intercourse, considering "Any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another" is "deviate sexual intercourse".  Also, in Alabama, "sexual contact" has to be between people who aren't married.  Also, the crime of Sodomy can only be performed by a male, for some reason.  The code also defines "female" as "any female person", which not only fails to tell you anything, but also shouldn't even be relevant.

Laws regarding rape and sexual assault across the nation need to be clarified and standardized.  Forms of rape not involving a penis should be noted.  Rapes that are not with a male actor and a female victim should be noted.  There really shouldn't be these bureaucratic oddities in the first place.

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      Derp Jerk
      Petition Organizer

      I presume all of you are from Tumblr? If not, tell me from where?

      I'm going to have to ask you to reblog the post because I want to reach as many people as possible, okay? Although if you don't reblog that's totally fine, of course.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Charles Howitt TIGARD, OR
      • 9 months ago

      The current legal definition prevents a large number of victims from getting the justice and recognition they deserve.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Rape as war weapon and weapon against women, girls and female childs must be banned as a cruel crime forever!

      Rape as weapon against females exists since the beginning of mankind! That's a shame for all men worldwide, a big shame!

      Against Our Will is a feminist book which argues that rape "is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear." In order to write this book, after having helped to organize the New York Radical Feminist Speak-Out on Rape on January 24, 1971, and the New York Radical Feminist Conference on Rape on April 17, 1971, Susan Brownmiller, an experienced journalist, spent four years investigating rape. She studied rape throughout history, from the earliest codes of human law up into modern times. She collected clippings to find patterns in the way in which rape is reported in various types of newspapers, analyzed portrayals of rape in literature, films, and popular music, and evaluated crime statistics.

      Against Our Will was a highly controversial book. Its basic premise was contested by some sections of the left wing, who considered it untrue that "all men benefit" from the culture of rape, and who believed rather that it was possible to organize both women and men together to oppose sexual violence.

      Brownmiller sought to examine general belief systems that women who were raped deserved it, as discussed by Clinton Duffy and others. Believing that rape was a way for men to instill fear in women, she compared it to the gang lynchings of African Americans by white men. This comparison was used to show how lynching was once considered acceptable by communities, and then attitudes changed, followed by changed laws; Brownmiller hoped the same would happen with rape. The book is cited as having influenced changes in law regarding rape, such as state criminal codes that required a corroborating witness to a rape, and that permitted a defendant's lawyer to introduce evidence in court regarding a victim's prior sexual history. After her book was published, all fifty states in the U.S. eliminated marital rape exemptions.

    • Sterling M CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent. Rape should be legally defined as "Vaginal, penile, annal, or oral intercourse with a person by force and against the person's will (without consent) where one has been penetrated or forced to penetrate." The language must be gender neutral to ensure all persons are protected equally under the law.

    • Joshua Ingram AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Current definition totally fails to recognize that the core component that qualifies an act as rape is lack of consent, not the specific nature of any physical acts involved.

      • almost 2 years ago

      I agree but we have to be reminded there are also females capable of sex crimes but also there are cases of male/male rape out there.

      So I agree there are laws on rape needing to be clarified and standardized so I'll sign.


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