We have had some cracking redefinitions of the infamous crime of Rape recently. These cases may be increasing the Police rate of detection of a crime where it can be notoriously difficult to find the perpetrator, but they will do nothing to convince the general public that Rape is, or should be considered a very serious crime.
First we had the woman walking her dog in the park who was invited to perform a sex act on a man who merely ‘told her’ he had a knife, she did so and then pushed him away and duly reported a ‘Rape’.
Today we have what originally sounded a terrible experience:
She said he pushed her back onto the bed, tried to force open her legs, and that she feared she was going to be raped.
She said she managed to fight her way free but was pulled back and they “had a bit of a scuffle” before she fled down the stairs.
After twice being put in a headlock and escaping, the woman said she finally got out of a downstairs window virtually naked and ran barefoot all the way home.
She had my sympathy immediately; a terrifying experience – how did he manage to drag her into the house – was she walking her dog on what should have been a safe street?
The jury at Teesside Crown Court has been told that the pair met in Middlesbrough town centre and arranged to go to Mr Massey’s home.
The alleged victim, a prostitute, said she refused to offer further services without more cash after his initial £40 for the agreed 20 minutes was up. After his arrest, Mr Massey said they had agreed full sex, but he had second thoughts during their meeting and asked for a refund.
There seem to be a number of offences there, but Rape? Even attempted Rape?
Then we have the girl in Oxfordshire who attended a party in Gaggingwell (Ed. try to avoid puns if possible) who entered a portable toilet accompanied by two men. She then proceeded to kiss them both. She alleges that they then raped her by asking her to perform a sex act on one of them.
Describing the alleged sex act, Mr Woods said: “He (Blacker) either invited it in terms or, at the very least, hinted at you that’s what he wanted you to do.”
The girl said: “No, but I don’t know. He didn’t ask me.”
Kevin Barry, prosecuting, said: “Did you want it to happen?”
“No, not at all,” replied the girl.
“Did you ask them to allow you to leave?”
She answered: “I don’t know, I just wasn’t thinking.”
Asked why she did not call out for help she said: “I just didn’t know what they would do if I did. I didn’t know them, I didn’t know what they’re capable of.”
In both cases the men have been named and shamed as ‘alleged rapists’ by their local paper – in neither case is the female named.
This is not only terribly unfair on the men concerned, it demeans the word rape, and demeaning the meaning of rape does no woman any good.
Does anybody know when and why the Police started to redefine Rape?