Recognising males raping males could lead to more victimisation - MP Chuck
The Member of Parliament for North East St Andrew Delroy Chuck has expressed concern that men who are sexually violated by other men could suffer further victimisation if the law is changed to recognise males raping males.
He expressed the concern as members of a joint select committee reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related laws discussed the proposal that rape should be a gender neutral in law in Jamaica.
Under current laws, rape can only occur when a man penetrates the vagina of woman without her consent.
Chuck told committee members that leaders of gangs in some inner city communities in Jamaica use buggery as a means of violating young men.
He says if these men reported the matter and it is considered rape, they could be viewed as being women by community members.
Government Senator Wensworth Skeffery also cautioned against changing the definition of rape.
He noted that a key element in the definition of rape is 'the lack of consent' and argued that if males raping males is recognised, then lawmakers would have legitimised consensual sexual acts between men although this is rejected by the society.
However, Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding who chairs the joint select committee, said he wanted equal protection under the law for men and boys as was guaranteed for women and girls.
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