Ian (lovingboth) wrote,
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The first of several...

The Sexual Offences Bill is currently going through Parliament (the committee stage in the Lords, to be precise). There are several controversial points within it.

Starting with clause one... Rape has traditionally meant penetration of the vagina by a penis without the woman's consent. Adding male rape in the 90s meant that anal intercourse without consent is currently also 'rape'.

It is proposed that putting a penis in someone's mouth without their consent should also be 'rape'.

It is currently 'indecent assault', a rather wide ranging offence covering everything from an unwanted sexual proposition to penetration using objects without consent. The alternative in the bill would be to include it in the new offence of 'sexual assault'.

What do you think?

Poll #119958 Forced fellatio = rape?

Should forced fellatio be included in the definition of rape?

Yes
20(74.1%)
No
2(7.4%)
Other (see comment)
5(18.5%)

Other comment....

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