FBI changes definition of rape
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is changing its longstanding definition of rape to include men and to better reflect the victims’ experiences.
In a statement released Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Uniform Crime Report's (UCR) new definition of rape is "the 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 new definition now includes any gender of victim or suspect and instances, in which, the victim is unable to give consent because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or too young.
The original definition of rape was "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will."
"These long overdue updates to the definition of rape will help ensure justice for those whose lives have been devastated by sexual violence and reflect the Department of Justice's commitment to standing with rape victims," Attorney General Holder said. "This new, more inclusive definition will provide us with a more accurate understanding of the scope and volume of these crimes."
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