Female rapists and child custody

It is an underestimated problem in global society, but it happens: women who rape men. Rape is a traumatizing experience for victims and men who are raped by women often face an even greater taboo and subsequent social stigmatization.

Suppose that a female rapist got pregnant from her victim and gives birth to a child. Should she be awarded custody of her child? Or if not, should she be awarded visitation rights?

15 thoughts on “Female rapists and child custody”

    1. Getting an erection is an involuntary reaction, as we are evolutionary programmed to reproduce, and does not require a strong sexual desire of the man.

      1. I think that requires testing.

        OK, OK, I’ll take one for the team and volunteer as a test subject 🙂 Can I be raped by a girl named Anushka?

  1. Interesting question from John.
    You also pose an interesting one How to deal with a child so conceived. Can the man be forced to fend for the child?

    1. >>Can the man be forced to fend for the child?

      Another interesting question. I don’t think a man should be forced to care for a child which has conceived by force.

        1. I agree, though that’s not the question here. The question is whether a female rapist should be entitled to claim custody of her child. If a female rapist would have no desire to get custody of her child, she could either seek an abortion or give up her child for adoption.

  2. In 31 states, a man who impregnates a woman through rape can successfully sue her for child custody and visitation rights.

    That’s despicable.

    “Suppose that a female rapist got pregnant from her victim and gives birth to a child. Should she be awarded custody of her child? Or if not, should she be awarded visitation rights?”

    Equally despicable.

    No.

    1. >>In 31 states [in the US, ed.], a man who impregnates a woman through rape can successfully sue her for child custody and visitation rights.

      I read that a few days ago, and my reaction was the same as yours, and it inspired this post’s questions.

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