Woman, 41, is jailed after forcing a man to have sex with her while he was asleep – as judge says there is ‘no distinction between this and raping a woman’
- Tanya Lord, 41, has been jailed after she admitted having sex with a sleeping man
- The judge said there was no difference between this and the ‘rape of a female’
A woman was today jailed for four years after she admitted forcing a man to have sex with her while he was asleep.
Tanya Lord, 41, was told by the judge there ‘seems to be no distinction to be drawn between this and the rape of a female.’
Outlining how the victim has been left mentally scarred and suspicious of people by his ordeal, the judge said ‘there’s a repeated myth that males are less susceptible’ to the consequences of sex attacks.
He revealed the victim has received counselling, is still prescribed medication for his mental health, has been left untrusting of people and ‘feels alone’ unless he’s with his kids.
In an impact statement, the victim told the court: ‘I would not wish this on anyone,’ adding that ‘encourage anyone who has been abused to come forward.’
Judge Lynch said if the myth about male victims ‘needs to be disabused, it can be disabused now by the contents of the victim impact statement I have just read out’ and warning that ‘there’s no distinction between male and female rape – the fact that a male is the victim doesn’t make it any less serious than the rape of a female victim’.
Lord, from Lancashire, who is a lesbian, had already pleaded guilty to the sex attack at her home in Co Armagh at an earlier hearing at Craigavon Crown Court.
She admitted causing a man ‘to engage in sexual activity with you involving penetration of your vagina with his penis and that he did not consent to the sexual activity, and you did not reasonably believe that he so consented’.