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Friday, January 6, 2012

What Is The New Definition of Rape?

When one looks at 'Dictionary.com for the definition of 'rape' we find the following answer:
For decades the definition of rape was thought to have included just women and young girls only. Today the FBI has decided to do one better.

Based on reported data that includes more information from victims, that have included men, the new definition of rape is now: “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.”

“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.”

Holder announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape, which will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide.

One can only discern that the brutal, heinous acts brought by Penn State football coach Gerry Sandusky as he took sexual liberties with young boys had a hand in the decision of the FBI's decision to make these changes.

“Rape is a devastating crime and we can’t solve it unless we know the full extent of it,” said Vice President Biden, a leader in the effort to end violence against women for over 20 years and author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. “This long-awaited change to the definition of rape is a victory for women and men across the country whose suffering has gone unaccounted for over 80 years.”

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