Is He In Danger?
In recent times we have noticed an increase in the public reports of women experiencing domestic violence Jamaica.There are groups like the Tambourine Army that have surfaced to speak out against this violence. However can men not be affected by gender-based violence?It should be seriously considered if a man can be raped or assaulted whether the perpetrator is male or female.To gain an understanding I have done a little research, however, I noticed that information on male rape is scarce and this lead to me creating a piece that could relay what I have learned.This creation takes the form of a three-part podcast called “Is He in Danger?”Each part focuses on a different aspect which in turns leads the discussion into another realm. At the time of this creation, I was a student at The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
Rape and sexual abuse are both a part of the broad heading of domestic violence which can be defined as when one partner in an intimate relationship abuses the other. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or a combination of all three.
“a man commits the offence of rape if he has sexual intercourse with a woman (a) without the woman’s consent; and (b) knowing that the woman does not consent to sexual intercourse or recklessly not caring whether the woman consents or not.” -Sexual offences act of Jamaica
We always hear of women being the prey when it comes to domestic violence but is possible for the man to be on the other end of the stick?
While gender-based violence has recently emerged as a salient topic in the human security community, it has been framed principally with respect to violence against women and girls, particularly sexual violence… Men deserve protection against these abuses in their own right; moreover, addressing gender-based violence against women and girls in conflict situations is inseparable from addressing the forms of violence to which civilian men are specifically vulnerable.-R. CHARLI CARPENTER.
This is part one of “Is He in Danger?” In this part, we try to figure out what rape is and if a man can legally claim that he has been raped or sexually abused.
Credits/ Reference List
Music: “She beat him.” Vocals by Mavado and Produced by Chimney Records.
Skit: Ajani Domville and Jamair Johnson.
Interviewees: Alyssa Allen,
She is a final year Student at the Norman Manley School of Law, University of the West Indies.
Mr. Jason Ramsay.
He works at the institute of Jamaica that is assigned to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
He did a thesis in 2009 called unlocking the silence: men as victims of domestic abuse at the University of the West Indies.
Carpenter, R. C. (2006). Recognizing Gender-Based Violence Against Civilian Men and Boys in Conflict Situations. Security Dialogue,37(1), 83–103. doi:10.1177/0967010606064139
Dennis O. and Muta Buruka(2012),The Cutting Edge. Irie Fm
Ministry of Justice, Jamica. Sexual Offences Act. (n.d.). Retrieved October 24, 2016, from http://moj.gov.jm/sites/default/files/laws/Sexual Offences Act.pdf