Male and Female Rape Victims Have Similar Experiences

Amanda Marcotte

Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon starts off her blog post about female-on-male rape with a reference to this story about a man named Kris Bucher, who is contesting the state of Michigan’s demands that he pay child support to his high school girlfriend, Jessica Fuller, because, he claims, she conceived their son Joshua by raping Bucher when he was 17 and she was 18 years old. Clark-Flory doesn’t delve too much into the story, using it instead as a hook to discuss the question of whether women can actually rape men, and the history of how society has dealt with that question. I hope it’s not too much of a surprise to find out that the answer is that while it’s much less common than men raping men and far less common than men raping women, it does happen.

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