A woman from Lancashire, England, was jailed on Friday, March 10, for four years after she admitted forcing a man to have sex with her while he was asleep.
Tanya Lord, 41, 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 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 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”.
The court heard how Lord forced the victim to have sex when they shared a bed at her home.
Prosecutor Joseph Murphy said the man had been drinking all day and met up Lord after she finished work on June 23, 2020.
They went back to her house, had a few more drinks and some food and then went to bed with both wearing shorts.
The victim believed that no sexual intercourse would take place because he understood that Lord was a lesbian.
The prosecutor said however that in the early hours of the morning, the victim woke and “felt a pain across his chest”.
He regained his senses and realised that his boxer shorts had been pulled down to his knees, his penis was inside Lord and she was “straddling him, bouncing up and down”.
The victim pushed her off and she pretended to be asleep.
The victim got up and went downstairs “to process what had happened”.
He pretended to be asleep in the sofa when Lord brought his clothes down but when she left the room, he got dressed and left the property.
He then spoke to his mother and partner before reporting the incident to police.
He was taken to a rape enquiry centre where he had to endure an intimate examination, have swabs taken from his private parts and be interviewed on video by specialist detectives.