Last week hitting left-wing daily newspaper, class struggle, known cucumber novelty humor column "On the carpet" that downplayed sexual assaults against men. The gap mentioned a case of Asker and Bærum District Court last year where a man should have refused to accept a fine for having sex in public. He claimed that he slept while two women performing oral sex on him. The court did not believe the man's explanation and imposed him a fine of 8500 dollars. It did not
Class warfare as under the heading "cucumber debut" wrote: "Rod out, as they say in these times World Cup."
Rape by law
I contacted the man's attorney, Knut Gunnar Brindem, which states that the court disregarded the evidence of four witnesses, each of which in particular confirmed that the man was asleep when the women performed oral sex on him. Police said that the first was not possible to contact him when they arrived. For a while they were worried and checked the pulse. He then fell asleep several times while police attempted to talk to him. One of the women told that the man had fallen asleep and that they would mess with him by putting grass in his pants. In addition, both women admitted that they had sucked him.
Penal Code § 192b is clear: Anyone who obtains sexual intercourse with someone who is asleep or unconscious shall be held guilty of rape and shall be punished by imprisonment up to 10 years. Brindem said that his client knew the two women and therefore not required to report them for abuse. Understandably enough. From research we know that many victims of abuse do not wish to report people they know.
Is portrayed as ridiculous
I do not know the investigation in detail, so I'll be careful not to put labels like rape in a case where events are to some extent unclear. One can argue that what is legally rape subjectively be experienced differently by the victim.
Whether that unfolded that summer Asker actually was rape, I therefore leave behind, but I react to the prosecutor Iselinn Håvarstein and the court considers it very unlikely that men may be subjected to sexual misconduct by women, and that the case is portrayed as ridiculous in the class struggle. Four concurring testimony of the convicted person helpless condition of sores in my view one doubts that should be accused for good.
Some of the men told how society's cultural expectations of a dominant male sexuality affected women who assaulted them.
Social anthropologist Rannveig Svendby has researched sexual assault against men. few of the men told how society's cultural expectations of a dominant male sexuality affected women who assaulted them. The women believed that men should be thankful for sex. On Twitter wrote a man as well: "We men do obviously not our own good in such matters ;-)"
Rape Myths can stand
The fact that the Court chooses to fine someone who has been involuntarily oral sex while his slept, reflects one of several rape myths that still holds the Norwegian society. Rape Myths are cultural stories that distort the facts or is not in line with perceived abuse victims. One such myth is such that men are always ready for sex and sexually invulnerable.
Another rape myth is that women have a more innocent and pure sexuality than men, and can not harm others sexually. Rape has a clear gender orientation - it is mostly men who rape and mostly women exposed - but the numbers of male victimization is relatively high. A survey of graduates of secondary schools shows that 15 percent of girls and seven percent of boys have experienced for serious sexual offenses. Girls gave almost exclusively male athletes, while about half of the boys reported a female athlete.
It catches my interest that the incident was interpreted as a breach of public peace and order. It is obvious that a similar sequence of events would be interpreted differently if a woman had been subjected to the same. With increased knowledge about vulnerability and respective victimology, we are increasingly able to consider it as a possibility that women can not consent to sex if they are dead drunk or drugged.
We have not come as far in protecting boys and men as legal entities entitled to sexual integrity.
We have not come as far in protecting boys and men as legal entities entitled to sexual integrity. Search lovdata.no suggests that only delivered three judgments rape with female offenders.
Need more knowledge
I believe this shows the need for the government appoint an external independent commission that replicates Public Prosecutions work of reviewing the quality of the police and prosecution work with sex crimes. This was last done in 2007, but I got by contacting the Public Prosecutor's Office in 2011 stated that the base data for the report is incomplete because of data errors in the police criminal record. When I was again in contact with the attorney general's office last year, they stated that it was not planned a new review. Director of Public Prosecutions has not gone public and corrected the earlier report's figures and conclusions.
We need more and better knowledge about how the police and the courts interpret and categorize cases involving men and vulnerable, disadvantaged people.
We need more and better knowledge about how the police and the courts interpret and categorize cases involving men and vulnerable, disadvantaged people. The factual basis for doing justice policies on rape field is simply not good enough and we can thus not verified whether the legal system actually protects those who are entitled to protection. The situation is untenable.
As before Enlightenment
Maybe we risk a straight condition like the one we had in Norway before the Enlightenment. In the chapter on "promiscuity" in Christian Vs Act (1687) states that women who claim that men have had extramarital sex with them (which at the time included rape) without being able to prove it "aabenbarer their own shame, and Giora himself the whore "and must prove it yourself or" pay three marks as the liar she is. " This is suspiciously similar to the conservative gender understanding as a basis Asker judgment, albeit with male sign.
Being heterosexual man does not mean that they want to have sex with women forever.
But as Rannveig Svendby writes in his thesis: Being heterosexual man does not mean that they want to have sex with women forever. It just means that they want to have sex with women. Just like women, they prefer people to decide with whom, where and when it will happen.
Also, women rape
Rape myths that men are always ready for sex and that women are more chaste, is harmful. The consequence may be that abuse of both sexes disappear under the radar. The myth of the chaste woman leads to countless female victims will not be believed, because they are known to have had multiple partners or have flirted ahead. Rape myth that men should be in the driver's seat Sexually results for its part both in that some men do not fully recognized as legal entities, but also that they compete among themselves for closing down as many women. This can unfortunately lead to abuse if they do not take into account whether the other wants.
Until society recognizes that everyone loses conservative gender role perceptions, these principles of law worse off.
Norway has a gender-neutral rape law and the principle of equality before the law. Until society recognizes that everyone loses conservative gender role perceptions, these principles of law worse off. No one has expressed it better than civil rights activist Martin Luther King: No one is free until all are free.
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