Government Urged To Revise The Law On Rape
- The increasing cases of sexual violence against men in conflict situations have prompted more calls for government to amend the law to cater for male rape. According to a report by the Refugee Law Project, one in every three male refugees who enter Uganda and are assessed, has been raped or is a victim of sexual injustice.
- However, the Ugandan Penal Code does not include any clause indicating or alluding to a fact that a man can also be raped. Unlike in the international criminal practice, in domestic contexts, victims of crimes of sexual violence are often obliged to demonstrate to the court that they did not consent to the sexual act, which is difficult due to the misconception that men are immune to this type of violence.
- To address this legal challenge, the Director Refugee Law Project, Chris Dolan is calling for amendment of the law.