Rape Definition Expands

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By WeNews staff

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Uniform Crime Report Subcommittee of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services voted on Oct. 18 to expand its definition of rape, reported Ms. Oct. 19.

The Uniform Crime Report Subcommittee of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services voted on Oct. 18 to expand its definition of rape, reported Ms. Oct. 19. The vote to update the definition came after many years of lobbying by groups such as the Women’s Law Project and the recent viral “Rape is Rape” campaign started by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. in partnership with Change.org.

The previous definition (unchanged since 1929) defined “forcible rape” as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” excluding victims of forced anal or oral sex, rape with an object, statutory rape and male rape. The new definition–of “rape,” no longer “forcible rape”–defines the crime as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” The FBI will maintain data on “forcible rape” only for research and comparison.

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