Petition Closed

Extend the definition of rape to include female offenders

This petition had 291 supporters

Currently as it stands the legal definition for rape is:

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 defines rape in its first section, which reads:

“(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.."

The current definition means that sex without consent does not always constitute rape. When a woman forces another person into sex she is not charged with rape which goes against rape crisis campaigns which state "no consent is rape". Rape is one of the worst experiences a person can suffer and no rape should be minimised or in the case of women who rape her crime is not recognised. This means her victims get no justice. Rape currently allows women to hide behind the legal definition as when they force another man woman or even worse a child to have sex their crime is reduced to assault by penetration. This minimises the victims experience as it tells them what they have suffered isn't as bad as rape.

The legal definition needs to be widened to include female rapists. I have been unfortunate enough to have been raped by both men and women and even my own mother. I can honestly say the rapes that I suffered at the hands of my mother are my damaging than those of my father. At least his crimes are recognised for a start. My harrowing story and the reason I want change can be read here

By extending the current definition will mean that any person that forces a person to have sex against their will will be charged with rape. This means all victims get justice. 

Today: Smash is counting on you

Smash Devon needs your help with “The Ministry of Justice: Extend the definition of rape to include female offenders”. Join Smash and 290 supporters today.