15 Jan '12, 7pm

Rape: The Nastiest of All Four-Letter Words: You'd think it never happens; victims typically don't discuss it an...

Rape: The Nastiest of All Four-Letter Words: You'd think it never happens; victims typically don't discuss it an...

You’d think it never happens; victims typically don’t discuss it and perpetrators uniformly deny it. But it happens a lot (see below). In the US, the official definition of forcible rape was established in 1927, and wasn’t updated until January 6, 2012. That’s why I’m writing about rape now. The US Attorney General has just announced a revised definition of rape so that it can be more accurately reported and prosecuted. My hope is that by talking about it openly, it won’t happen to you or your loved ones; but if it does, offenders can be prosecuted and victims can more likely get justice. Here’s how the new law differs from the old one. In 1927, “forcible rape” had been defined by the UCR SRS (Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Summary Reporting System (SRS) the “national report card”) as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” That means a man forces va...

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