Allow justice for all victims of rape!

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Update: Please sign on the government website also if you are a British citizen. 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/234255

The current UK law (seen below) means only a man can be convicted of rape , and only when he uses his penis. The UK legal definition of rape should change to the US version which provides more equality and provides the chance for more people to be convicted for the serious crimes they commit. It is more up-to-date and the UK definition is outdated and narrow. Just like how the US updated their law in 2012 the UK should fellow suit. 

Penetration from an object can cause the same trauma as when penetrated by a penis, yet these victims attackers can get off more lightly. Sign this petition and help victims get the justice they deserve. 

UK DEFINITION

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/part/1/crossheading/rape

"Rape
(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."

 

US DEFINITION 

https://www.justice.gov/archives/opa/blog/updated-definition-rape

 

“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

 

"For the first time ever, the new definition includes any gender of victim and perpetrator, not just women being raped by men. It also recognizes that rape with an object can be as traumatic as penile/vaginal rape. This definition also includes instances in which the victim is unable to give consent because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Furthermore, because many rapes are facilitated by drugs or alcohol, the new definition recognizes that a victim can be incapacitated and thus unable to consent because of ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Similarly, a victim may be legally incapable of consent because of age. The ability of the victim to give consent must be determined in accordance with individual state statutes. Physical resistance is not required on the part of the victim to demonstrate lack of consent. "