We the women of JCW+ are making this statement in relation to the restructuring of the Sexual Offences Act.
We hereby press on the matter that rape is rape no matter what object or which orifice or by whom, as long as this was done unwillingly and without consent, leaving the person vulnerable to sexual transmitted diseases including HIV and robbed of dignity and result even in death by the perpetrator or suicide.
What is rape?
According to the Sexual Offences Act rape involves the penetration of the vagina by the penis and the oxford dictionary defines rape as “sex with someone against their will”.
Our research has made us even more aware of how important revision of our Sexual Offences Act (SOA) is at this time. This is so because the definition of rape has expanded beyond forced penetration by a penis. We also noted current opinions and blogs discussing the issue and definition of rape and the legal implications 1
For the women who have been raped most were treated with unthinkable brutality. We consider this kind of criminal offence to be uncivilized and inhumane. There are two main ways in which these criminal acts are carried out, orally and anally. The oral act is the insertion of the penis into the mouth and the anal is the insertion of the penis into the anus. Some men might not be able to get a n erection, as a result they use objects such as sticks and bottles, even body massages for arousal. However, based on the definition in the Sexual Offences Act whatever entrance is penetrated by the rapist, without a penis, it is simply sexual assault which get a much lesser sentence than rape as defined in the SOA.
The is added insult to this violent injury if whenever a woman is raped and the matter reported, the situation is not dealt with immediately and sympathetically. Some of these victims are sent home and causes the loss of evidence which leads to little or no redress.
We the women of JCW+ are advocating for the revision of the Sexual Offences Act to ensure that however the act is done it is considered rape and for more rigorous penalties to be sanctioned for the offenders regardless of their societal status.