Not all rapes are equally serious

There’s a lot of hoo-hah and manufactured outrage at the moment about Ken Clarke’s badly-formed comments yesterday. I wish they’d give it a rest.

He’s right that there’s a world of difference between the rape of a woman (or man) dragged off the street by a stranger and illicit sex between two consenting parties where one is under-age. Perhaps if we had a distinct Statutory Rape law, as they do in the States, we wouldn’t have this confusion.

It’s certainly not something Clarke should resign over – he should resign because he’s continuing the policies of the last government in closing down prisons, reducing sentences for a guilty plea and giving murderers and rapists early release.

UPDATE: Surprisingly, the Guardian seems to agree with me.

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