BERGEN – A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to nine months in a Norwegian prison for the rape of a 31-year-old man upon whom she had performed fellatio. The man, who was asleep on a friend’s couch reportedly woke to find the woman having oral sex with him.
“I feel very betrayed,” the man told a court in the coastal city of Bergen yesterday, according to Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper. After the incident, which took place last January 4, the victim’s friends made light of the situation, teasing the man. He also claims that the woman’s 40-year-old lover, amused by the woman’s antics, stayed in the room, watching. Faced with the apathy of his fellow partiers, the man recalls “sitting down and crying” upon returning home to his fiancee later that evening.
Currently, Norwegian police are seeking DNA evidence by examining the man’s underwear and sex organs for the woman’s saliva.
The woman claims that she was only “fooling around” with the man, who she claims was not asleep and who had, it seemed to her, smiled while she did so.
In an effort to provide some background for what she considers a situation which has blown out of proportion, the young woman explained that she and a lover had “made each other horny” and when the victim returned from the toilet “with his fly open, I took out his sex organ.”
All three involved had been drinking, but none were very inebriated.
“They both said that this was nothing to take seriously, that this wasn’t anything serious,” the man recalls. Accordingly, at the outset of the trail, the woman claimed “this is a completely absurd situation. I never believed it would come to this.” The Norwegian court, however, did not agree with the woman. In addition to the nine-month prison term she must serve, the woman has been ordered to pay 40,000 Norwegian crowns (approx. $6,355 USD).
The woman’s lawyer, Per Magne Kristiansen, had expressed objections to the court’s ruling, insisting that the “very hash sentence” is an inappropriate solution to the situation.
According to Bergens Tiende, the victim’s attorney, Roar Vegsund, notes that “he has the same symptoms and reactions as woman” in similar situations. Thus, the prosecutor argued, she should not receive a lighter sentence.
The woman was prosecuted under a Norwegian statute (straffelovens ‘ 192) which punishes people for “having sexual relations with a person who is unconscious or, for one reason or another, incapable of consenting to such activity.”
My Take: Good for Norway. What’s wrong is wrong. Raping a woman isn’t funny (as readers of the Pipe Dream will tell you) and sexually violating a man isn’t something to blow off as “nothing serious.”
Originally published at www.sobriquetmagazine.com.