Non violent rape vs rape. Surely rape is still rape isn’t it?

Dr. Diahanne Rhiney's Blog

Rape is a violent act. Official figures from the Office of National Statistics show that although overall crime in the UK has fallen by 16% to 7.1m, rapes in the year to June have increased by 29% compared to the year before. These figures are at the highest ever level as more victims are willing to report rape and police have improved their effectiveness in how they handle rape investigations. However, as the vast majority of these type of crimes are hugely under-reported, this figure could be the tip of the iceberg.

Judy Finnigan’s remarks last week have caused quite a stir and I can see why. Back in 2012, Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans was jailed for five years for raping a teenager who was too drunk to consent to sex while two of his friends watched. Evan was released last week and there have been many…

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