Men's justice against female rapists.
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Each year thousands of hundreds of women are victims of rape, which is such a horrid thing to hear. From the harsh utterance of the words to the way it attacks itself coming out of one's mouth. Knowing such a horrifying thing exists; that some men and women are perpetrators of such a terrifying act creates this feeling of sickness in my stomach because there are helpless men and women all over. Where over people have power over another their bodies and because of this they can't feel content or safe, because of the way someone else has made them feel.
Being a part of the modern society, I try to conform to social expectations of being the understanding generation. So, within college and around my peers, I try to be someone they can come to and I have heard at least three separate rape stories of people dear to me about how both men and women are being raped and sexually abused, but forced to be silenced in fear of the outcome, the shame and the emotional strain. One out of the three victims I know have come forth, but even then the forces didn't seem to stress the issue, the male said he felt laughed away and not believed. However, being a woman, one said she felt "very grateful and at ease in knowing there are forces to go to" in which can support an issue like this - despite conviction rates of being at an all-time low of 6.7%.
Being an equalist (women also), I want to know that the legal defences within our society can offer the same opportunity for men to come forward about their sexually abusive and emotionally tormenting stories. People like Laura Bates with her 'Everyday Sexism Project' offer this kind of emotional support for all genders to open up about their experiences and ask for support, so why can't the basis of our judicial system offer the same? Now what I'm talking about is the fact that according to English Law, Section One of the "Sexual Offences Act 2003" states that:
"(1) A person (A) commits an offence if—
(a) he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) with his penis,
(b) B does not consent to the penetration, and
(c) A does not reasonably believe that B consents.
(2) Whether a belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps A has taken to ascertain whether B consents.
(3) Sections 75 and 76 apply to an offence under this section.
(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life."
As you can see above, I stressed point A of Section One of the Sexual Offences Act of 2003. Living in a modern growing society, we must break away from social expectations the male gender are expected to comply with (as David Gauntlett's theory of identity explores), noting the tools in which the media gives us to construct these masculine or feminine identities. From old-fashioned stereotypes of a man being strong, it is suggested that there is a bias towards females in victimisation of rape. Although, society needs to come out of the web of denial that has been spun here.
Men can be victims of rape, only the majority feel they can't speak up because they are expected to be these all powerful and empowered figures, such a tragedy can't occur! The reality is it does, but our judicial system is clearly at fault in this respect because most points of the Sexual Offences Acts are biasing towards the punishment of men. Being a part of the 21st century, we need to amend Statement A as well as the use of pronouns in the Sexual Offences Act. This is based on the fact that each and every gender can experience this unending pain and being somewhat 15 years old, the data must be outdated. However, as a society, it would be that some of us are conveying a bias in prosecution towards male offenders rather than prosecute offending women as harshly as a man would be.
Furthermore, as much as I preach justice for victims of male tormentors, it is essential we have that same compassion to the idea that women could cause that same emotional and mental scarring. If you're a woman, man and anything in between who have been wronged by someone in terms of rape or sexual abuse. If you've frozen, felt abused or have been sexually harassed, right a wrong, tap into your own passion and respond in remembering every wrongdoer needs their justice. Respond by signing this campaign and urging others to do it.
IT IS NOT JUST MEN WHO ARE RAPISTS OR ABUSERS, MOLESTERS OR PERPETRATORS!
Although, according to British legislation, women at most are charged with offences as Sexual Assault or Assault by Penetration, which enforce the lesser sentences on women in society for the same crime a man could commit and this is unacceptable! Henry Leak, of the Survivors Organisation, highlights that a female could be imprisoned for life, while "non - consensual buggery" a term coined to define the rape of males can only carry 10 years maximum as a sentence. Is this enough punishment for the psychologically, emotionally or mentally damaging impacts it has on the silenced male victims?
If we call us ourselves the 'diverse' Britain we want to be, then surely we must live up to it and be the first of many to abolish distastefully outdated hegemonic views of men as strong, dominant figures and accept that females can be sexual abusers and rapists too.
Which is why I urge you and anyone else you know to sign this campaign, we need at least 100,000 to push a Bill forward to the House of Commons or Lords. Of which, I am sure that if you're all behind me, then we can truly make a change. I believe that we can seriously do this because we all have that element of "I want to change the world" in us, so if we come together - we'll have the strong impact to be that change.
So, what do you say, support me on this journey?
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