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Male rape

Stonewall believes that the purpose of criminal law should be to protect victims, not to discriminate against different expressions of sexuality.

Until 1994 male rape was not recognised as an offence. Rape could only be committed by a man against a woman.

Alongside our campaign for an equal age of consent in 1994 we also proposed amending the law to recognise male rape.

The Lords accepted the amendment that was introduced by Lord Ponsonby and the Government agreed to include the change in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

A man commits rape if he has sexual intercourse with a person (whether vaginal or anal) who at the time of the intercourse does not consent to it, or is reckless as to whether the person consents to it.


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