07 Jan '12, 4am

Success! FBI Changes Its Definition of Rape | Care2 Causes

Thanks to the efforts of the Care2.com community and years of efforts by the women’s rights community, thousands of sexual assault may finally see justice. For the first time in almost a century, the Department of Justice revised the way the FBI defines rape, expanding the definition to include non-forcible assault and attacks on men. “Rape is a devastating crime and we can’t solve it unless we know the full extent of it,” said Vice President Joe Biden, the 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.” The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report had defined rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” The new definition takes out the requirement that an assault be “forcible” and the restriction t...

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