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5 Issue 3 Int'l J.L. Mgmt. & Human. 1 (2022)

handle is hein.journals/ijlmhs17 and id is 1 raw text is: International Journal of Law Management & Humanities

Barriers to Recognizing 'Forced to
Penetrate' Cases as Rape in the United
'The issue of men's sexual victimization in the context of the female perpetrator and
male victim, specifically in the cases where male victims are forced to penetrate' by a
penis, either vaginally, anally, or orally a female perpetrator does not fall within the
existing legal definition of rape in the United Kingdom. This paper explores the issue
of forced to penetrate' cases and makes an argument for legally recognizing and
labelling forced to penetrate' cases as rape. The paper draws upon the lived
experiences of male victims and highlights that there are significant similarities
between the experiences of victims who are forced to penetrate' and those who are
non-consensually penetrated. The paper suggests that the recognition of forced to
penetrate' cases will improve the understanding about men's sexual victimization, as
well as challenge stereotypes of gender and sex.
Keywords: Male Victims, Female Perpetrator, Forced to Penetrate, Rape and the
United Kingdom.
This paper addresses the issue of female sexual aggression, mainly towards adult males, by
particularly focussing on forced intercourse as a serious form of sexual aggression. In doing
so, this paper examines the sexual victimization of men by women in 'forced to penetrate' cases
in the United Kingdom. The main aim of this paper is to provide an understanding of female
sexual aggression against men through the study of compelled penetration cases and the
resulting need to undertake legal reform to recognize 'forced to penetrate' cases as rape in the
At the outset, it must be stated that the study of men as victims of female sexual aggression,
while slowly emerging, is yet to acquire broader public awareness and acknowledgment (Black
et al., 2011). Indeed, women are more likely to be victims of sexual aggression, particularly
rape, and therefore there is extensive literature available focussing on male perpetration and
1 Author is an Assistant Professor at School of Legal Studies, REVA University, Bengaluru, India.
© 2022. International Journal of Law Management & Humanities         [ISSN 2581-5369]


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