Notice how free and easy the R-word (rape) is used in the media when males are the victims.
This was actually a sexual assault, as most definitions of rape are penetration by penis, a specific crime, due to the added female vulnerability of impregnation. Penetration by other objects is normally regarded/charged as ‘sexual assault’.
But when the victim is male, and penetrated against his will with an object (by his ‘friends’ no less!), the headlines scream RAPE!
Compare the media treatment in the majority of cases when a female is the victim. Copious numbers of “alleged”, but used in a way to cast doubt on her account of events. Rarely is the R-word used, instead we are ‘treated’ with euphemisms like “rough sex” and “non-consensual sex”, all designed to give the public the impression that things ‘just got a little out of hand’ or ‘she regretted consensual sex’.
Even video’d evidence of the rape is treated with suspicion, she “may have liked it” or “instigated it” or “changed her mind”. Not so in this case—the video’d evidence is regarded as irrefutable that a crime was committed. When video evidence presented when a female is raped is viewed with no such commitment of a crime having been committed.
Even the rape of underaged girls is frequently treated in this way, when it is a clear case of, at bare minimum, statutory rape.
Because in this society, it is viewed as ‘natural’ that females are to be penetrated by a penis (and not so, with males). Add to that, that the word of a woman is almost always viewed with some suspicion; that she “might be lying to get back at a man, so cries rape!”
The rape of females (and children) is the most under-reported crime there is, followed closely by domestic violence. In both cases, these crimes are committed overwhelmingly by Joe Average. Well, everyone from Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bill Cosby, to Mr Joe Average. And most times these men get off, even on the rare chance they see the inside of a courtroom.
It is time for the double-standard to end. All victims of rape and sexual assault need to be believed, no matter who they are, and no matter who the accused are. And not just the male victims. All victims. Including women and children.
And media—stop using the euphemisms, you are clearly part of the problem.