South African judge redefines rape
In a landmark ruling, a South African judge has redefined rape to include anal penetration. Previously this would have fallen under sexual assault, which carries a lesser penalty. Apart from what this means for women who are anally raped, it also means there would be the possibility of finding a man guilty of raping another man.
Judge Natvarial Ranchod ruled that the limitation of rape to vaginal penetration only was anachronistic, offensive, discriminatory, illogical, unjust, irrational and unconstitutional. Said the judge:
It is unfairly discriminatory with reference to the offender, the victim and the type of deeds (anal and vaginal penetration) that constitute in equally severe ways an attack on the personal (sexual) integrity and dignity of the victims concerned. It results in inadequate protection and discriminatory sentencing.
Of course, the constitutional court still needs to rubber stamp his order of constitutional invalidity, but at least it’s progress.