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Experiences of men ‘forced-to-penetrate’ women in the UK

Project: Research


‘Forced-to-penetrate’ cases involve a man being forced-to-penetrate, with his penis,
and without his consent, a woman’s vagina, anus, or mouth. These cases are not
recognised as rape under UK laws and almost nothing is known about the experiences
of men subject to this form of sexual violence. Therefore, this project seeks to develop
academic and practitioner knowledge and understanding of men’s experiences of
compelled penetration by women within the UK. The project will involve interviewing
men about the contexts within which their forced-to-penetrate experiences
took place, the consequences of their experiences, their perceptions of law and the
criminal justice system, and issues around reporting and seeking support. The findings will be disseminated to criminal justice organisations, third sector support services, and other stakeholders at an end-of-project event to support the development of policies and practices in relation to such cases, as well as considering potential law reform.
Effective start/end date1/05/1831/07/19


  • The British Academy: £9,955.93