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Following up from the lions-attacking-menstruating-women question, I read an account that claimed male orangutans will rape a human woman, especially if she is in menstruated. Are there verified occurrences?

Example of source with this claim: Walking with the Great Apes by Sy Montgomery (2009) Page 151

  • Related: this page claims that some humans rape Orangutans ... – Martin Tournoij Feb 6 '15 at 20:42
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    Strange; because you would have thought an animal enticed to sexual activities presumably by the smell of a female of another ape species would have evolved to know that she's pretty much at her least fertile when menstruating. – GeoffAtkins Feb 23 '17 at 22:40
  • @GeoffAtkins: Only a very small number of rape incidences (human or animal, it does not matter) is about procreation. Usually the underlying issue is one of dominance, or drive gratification. Fertility of the victim is of no consequence. – DevSolar Feb 24 '17 at 15:36
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    @DevSolar - The question is about menstruation making the chances more likely; from what I know of zoology I find it unusual for an animal to be more likely to commit rape under such circumstances. – GeoffAtkins Feb 24 '17 at 15:42
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    @GeoffAtkins: I don't know what goes on in an orangutan's mind (or I would have written an answer by now). What I do know is that your comment, casting doubt on the claim on the basis that a menstruating woman is less fertile, is misleading, as it assumes this is about the orangutan's drive to procreate. Also, on general terms, as misunderstanding rape is sadly widespread in human society. (Related: Is rape a crime about violence and power, or a crime of passion?) – DevSolar Feb 24 '17 at 15:53

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