Dutch Supreme Court: Forced kiss isn’t rape

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THE Dutch Supreme Court has narrowed its definition of rape, saying that a “forced tongue kiss” should no longer be considered among the worst forms of sexual assault.

In one of the court’s more unusual cases, a panel of three men and two women yesterday overturned a lower court’s rape conviction of a man for forcing his tongue into the mouth of a woman in a hospital toilet.

The ruling reversed a 1998 Supreme Court decision that broadly defined rape as any form of unwanted sexual penetration. The court said that a forced kiss, while still illegal, is not as serious as forced sexual intercourse.