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One out of every 200 women in the UK reported to the British Crime Survey that they had been raped in 2006. The report also showed that less than 800 persons were convicted in rape crimes that same year.[1][2]


In England and Wales, male rape is recognised by the legal system as a crime.[3][4] In Scotland, rape continued to be a gender-specific crime until the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.[5]

Law by jurisdictionEdit

England and WalesEdit

Northern IrelandEdit

Rape is a statutory offence. It is created by article 5 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (S.I. 1769/2008 (N.I. 2)). SLD The common law offence of rape was abolished by article 5(6) of that Order.


Any reference to rape in a statutory provision must be construed in accordance with article 5(1) of the said Order.[6]

Rape of a child under 13Edit

This is a statutory offence created by article 12 of the said Order.

Civil liabilityEdit

Loss of serviceEdit

No person is liable in tort under the law of Northern Ireland on the ground only of having deprived another of the services of his female servant by raping her.[7]

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